Boomerang Warrior-X wearable shooter detection system
Because our troops are most vulnerable when on foot without the cover of vehicles or buildings, Raytheon BBN developed Boomerang Warrior-X, a soldier wearable shooter detection system.
Boomerang Warrior-X provides immediate indication of hostile fire or sniper attack and localizes the shooter, or shooters, enabling a rapid, informed and coordinated response. The system offers the same reliable performance and features as the currently-fielded vehicle-mounted Boomerang III system — just smaller, lighter and integrated into tactical vests.
Weighing just 12 ounces, the Boomerang Warrior-X gives individual soldiers immediate awareness of hostile fire locations and, when integrated, can also provide unit leaders with shooter grid coordinates to enhance situational awareness needed to coordinate team responses to hostile fire.
Incoming shot announcements are transmitted to a built-in speaker or an earpiece while a lightweight display provides range and azimuth of the shooter position. As the soldier moves, the system compensates for the soldier’s motion and continually updates the threat’s location on the wrist display.
Praise from warfighters
Boomerang has received unqualified praise from warfighters:
“On behalf of [my unit] I would like to express my thanks . . . [This is] the most dangerous terrain in this country. [Boomerang] will no doubt save lives in the future. I thank you all for your support. 'Semper Fidelis'.” – U.S. Marine NBC and Force Protection Officer
“[Boomerang] worked great for the Marines on post when they received fire from multiple directions [and] when just a few rounds are fired. [Without Boomerang] it is difficult to pinpoint where you’re getting shot at from in an urban environment because of the echoes from the buildings and within the post.” – U.S. Marine Executive Officer
“[Boomerang] has been very useful to date depending upon the contact. When we first arrived, we had a sniper threat to the posts. The enemy ramped up and came in larger numbers with heavier weapons, and changed our fight for the last two months.... He has since started to engage with snipers [again], and we are glad to have the Boomerang in helping us defend against this threat.” – U.S. Marine Executive Officer