SADS – Small-Arms Detection System


An acoustic detection and direction finding system developed by RAFAEL detects the gunshot’s supersonic signatures of both shockwave and muzzle blast, using a single detector array. SADS triggers an alarm when a sniper shot or small arms fire is detected in the protected area. The system can be mounted on a vehicle (including a tank or other tracked vehicles), rooftop or be used as a portable device. The system can be carried by a single soldier. SADS covers 360 degrees, detecting and identifying 90-95% of sniper firing instances, at ranges of up to 1,000 meters (3,000 ft) with standard deviation of less than ±3°.