General Dynamics to Help Colt Canada Market Android-Networked Rifle; David Ibbetson Comments

CellTowerGeneral Dynamics has partnered with Colt Canada to market a rifle technology designed to give soldiers access to situational awareness information and function as an alternative to radio soldier systems.

Colt worked to base its Sniper (Soldier) Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Devices system on ruggedized smartphone-like technology, General Dynamics Canada announced Monday.

David Ibbetson, General Dynamics C4 Systems International vice president, said the companies aim to address soldiers’ request for an Android-networked rifle.

Jeff MacLeod, Colt Canada general manager, said the company sought to combine modern smartphone technology with weapon-mounted scopes and laser rangefinders to develop SWORD.

The companies will feature the SWORD system at the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries Soldier System Showcase in Ottawa from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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