Gunshot detector headed to the 'Stan


U.S. Army Photo

Snipers and lone wolves, beware.

Soldiers in Afghanistan will receive the first of more than 13,000 individual gunshot detection systems later this month.

The Individual Gunshot Detector, or IGD, shows the distance and direction of incoming fire by way of four small acoustic sensors and a small display screen attached to body armor. The IGD display is about the size of a deck of cards and the system weighs less than two pounds, officials said in a press release.

The remaining IGDs will be fielded at approximately 1,500 systems per month.


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