A buddy of mine is at the IDEX Arms Show in UAE this week. Knowing I am a SCAR rifle guy, he wanted to know when I was going to get the drop-in black-box system that counts shots?
It seems FN has a product called the SmartCore shot counter than tracks rounds fired and even has the ability to communicate with BMS (Battle Management Systems) in real time to relay rounds fired to the command element. Think Blue Force Tracker for guns. And..it does all of this being powered by the reciprocating hammer / spring of the SCAR trigger. That’s pretty trick.
Now…the $64,000 questions. One, will they sell me just one unit? Two, can I use it stand alone or do I need to setup an enterprise sized BMS? Three, where do I send my money? Four, can I import it without getting Department of State all jacked up with ITAR regs?
I realize this isn’t something for everyone. But here at the armory, we track rounds fired on all weapons. Precision weapons is a piece of cake. Reference weapons that aren’t fired but every so often, still manageable. Buy a “primary” weapon that could be shot a couple thousand times in just a few days? The shooter needs to stay organized. But with this? It’s load it on Sunday and shoot it all week and check the numbers later!
Below are the specs from FN.
Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, has launched its newly-developed, self-powered FN SmartCore® shot counter for the FN SCAR® family of rifles based on breakthrough technology. For the first time in history, electronics is integrated into a product and generates its own power.
At the Core of Logistic and Operational Management Systems
The FN SmartCore® is an electronic system which analyses and records the conditions of use of a weapon in order to:
Reduce the life cycle cost of the weapon
Optimize the operational availability of the weapon
Communicate any exchange of fire to the upper level of command in real time
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Reduced life cycle cost of the weapon
The armorer software coupled with the FN SmartCore® reports any replacements or checks required on the major components of the weapon. This facilitates maintenance and logistic operations at armorer’s level and results in an optimized weapon fleet wear management.
Optimized operational availability of the weapon
The FN SmartCore® allows optimized management of maintenance operations by the armorer, hence ensuring improved weapon reliability in the theater of operations.
Realtime battlefield communication
By transmitting the conditions of use of the weapon through the communication system of the infantryman, the FN SmartCore® is able to provide automated reporting onto the Battle Management System (or BMS), allowing the upper level of command to be informed of any exchange of fire in real time. The FN SmartCore® has therefore a vital role to play in Future Soldier Programs.
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System designed, developed and manufactured by FN Herstal, a world leader in small arms for more than a century
Fully automated system with full transparency to the infantryman
Fully integrated system, with no impact on the balance of the weapon
Ensures accurate and smart counting of all shots (ball and blank)
Discriminates between shots and other shocks
Measures and takes into account rates of fire and firing cycles, which have a direct impact on the weapon and component durability
Various types of weapons can accept the FN SmartCore®
This product has been designed in response to many NATO military solicitations for logistics/maintenance purpose.
The FN SmartCore® requires specific military grade technical procedures and environment; it is not applicable to commercial and sporting individual firearms.
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