Pilar, is a small-arms and sniper location system. Pilar has proven
itself in combat since the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. The system
is currently developed with US Special forces, Australian Army and
most UN peacekeeping missions. Pilar consists of a foldable Acoustic
Sensor Array with embedded sensors and electronics, a signal processor
and laptop based
operating console, running the
ShotGuard - operating
The system is available in a stationary or mobile
installation – defined primarily by the specialized settings –
including background noise reduction for vehicle-mounted applications. Pilar–Mk-II, stationary device locates the origin of the shot within
±2° in bearing and a typical ±20% in range (The system provides range
accuracy of ±50m in short range encounters.) The maximum detection
range can extend beyond 1,500m.
Pilar's localization is performed on
the supersonic signature of the passing bullet, resulting in an
extended detection range, above the effective range of most threats.
When linked to a Pilar Versatile Observation Turret (PIVOT), the
system uses the target data to automatically point a camera and show
the sniper position.
01dB-Metravib introduced at Eurosatory 2006
the Pilar Mk-IIw a new gunshot detection system designed for vehicular
integration. The new system is remotely-controlled and is integrated
with displays and other equipment already available on-board the
vehicle. For dismounted operation, the system can also be configured
to operate with PDA controller. PILARw has been certified by the US
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as Gunshot Detection System (GDS).
A different variant now available is a battledress worn acoustic
gunfire detector. Developed as a demonstrator by 01dB-Metravib, this
unit supports warfighters in dismounted, close combat and on foot
patrols, with fully passive, instant location of potentially hostile
shooters, with 360 deg. coverage. The system uses distributed acoustic
sensors worn as part of the soldier's battledress. The system provides
a broad coverage of weapon's acoustic sources, detecting and
processing both subsonic and supersonic signals generated by 5.56
through 20mm caliber shots with or without silencer as well as RPGs,
mortars and anti-tank missile. Target's azimuth, elevation and range
are generated within two seconds after the detection of the event.