CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --- BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm, today announced that it has been awarded a $22,460,000 contract by the US Army Product Manager Robotics and Unmanned Sensors (PM RUS) to deliver 1,095 Boomerang Shooter Detection Systems and 2,195 vehicle installation kits.
The Boomerang system immediately alerts US Forces to incoming hostile fire and pinpoints the location of the enemy shooter. Last year, BBN delivered over 5000 Boomerang systems to the US Army, also through a contract with PM RUS. Today, there are over 6000 Boomerang systems deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, many mounted on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
Mark Sherman, vice president and general manager, Boomerang, BBN Technologies, said, "Boomerang has consistently proven its value in the field and we will continue to deliver systems in an accelerated manner to support the Army's ongoing operational needs. Our goal is to provide this lifesaving technology to protect our troops regardless of whether they are in moving vehicles, in fixed positions, on foot, or in the air."
BBN has adapted the Boomerang shooter detection technology for soldier-wearable and helicopter applications. The wearable system, Boomerang Warrior, has already been delivered to the US Army though the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, and field testing for the helicopter system is successfully underway.
BBN Technologies is a legendary R&D organization that leverages its substantial intellectual property portfolio to produce advanced, repeatable solutions such as the Boomerang shooter detection system. BBN now employs over 700 people in seven locations in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Middletown, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and O’Fallon, Illinois.
BBN Technologies Awarded $22M to Provide Additional Boomerang Shooter Detection Systems to US Army