Israel's Elbit Systems announced Monday that it recently completed a series of demonstrations of its HattoriX innovative fire support system for eight Western European countries.
Operational with the IDF since 2019, HattoriX is a passive/active target acquisition system that uses artificial intelligence to enable forward observers and similarly tasked tactical teams to close sensor-to-shooter loops with three intuitive touches on a screen: one to acquire the target, one to issue the precise coordinates, and one to send all of the target information to the firing systems.
According to Elbit, the demonstrations in Europe were performed in urban locations and in open fields, during the daytime and at night, simulating a variety of operational scenarios. Users were said to have had the opportunity to experiment, firsthand, with the capability to passively and rapidly acquire Category 1 targets with a target location error of a few meters, facilitating effective engagement of time sensitive targets.
Featuring a payload agnostic mission computer that runs proprietary software, photogrammetry algorithm and an augmented reality overlay of real-time C2 data, HattoriX performs automatic fusion of the Geographical Information System (GIS) database, pre-loaded target data, the payload’s visual feed, and C2 information, thereby enabling the tactical user to intuitively issue CAT-1 targets without using any emitters, and seamlessly feed acquired targets and additional target information such as images, video, and descriptions into any battle management system, according to Elbit.
The company says that HattoriX is comprised of a Goniometer, a mission computer, a touch-screen display unit and a lightweight tripod. HattoriX also includes a remote-controlled configuration for extended force protection. Users include Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, reconnaissance teams, field intelligence and Special Forces. The system was introduced by the company at the end of 2018.