Metravib Pilar V acoustic localization system obtains French army label


Metravib Defence, the supplier of acoustic localization system for the VBMR Griffon multirole armored vehicles and EBRC Jaguar (armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle), has obtained the UAF label (Utilisé par les Armées Françaises, Used by the French Armies) for its acoustic localization system Pilar V.
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By using all the capabilities of Metravib Defence Pilar V acoustic threat detection system, it is possible to provide very qualitative information on an increasingly broad spectrum of threats on the battlefield (Picture source: Metravib)


Present in combat for 25 years, especially in the French army’s VAB armored vehicles fitted with a remote-controlled weapon station, Metravib Defence’s systems are tried and tested; which has earned them the trust of the DGA (Defense Procurement Agency) and STAT (Technical Service of the Ground Force). Metravib Defence is more than ever one of the key partners of the French armed forces since its Pilar V gunshot detection system became "common equipment" for the new vehicles of the Scorpion program.

The unique skills of Metravib Defence were once again recognized due to the UAF label for its Pilar V gunshot detection and tracking system. Acoustic threat detection is a piece of equipment adopted by the armies and it became essential for a better perception of the acoustic atmosphere of the battlefield and, therefore, for the protection of the warfighter. It is indeed crucial for the troops deployed on the battlefield to detect the enemy’s position outside the direct field in case of contact. The detection of shots by the acoustics enables an immediate analysis and a reliable result when it comes to decision making. These equipment are essential today, at a time when disruptive technologies are more than ever required to meet the very high demands of modern combat capabilities and particularly while entering the era of collaborative combat.

By capturing the Shock wave and the Muzzle wave of a projectile, the Metravib Defence processing software will accurately give the GPS coordinates of one or more shooters with the detail of the azimuth, elevation, distance of the shot, as well as the caliber used and the firing mode (burst, blow-by-blow). These data are essential for better tactical situations and decision-making: limiting the losses by protecting troops and fighting back to neutralize the threat.

Frédéric Molliex, CEO of Metravib Defence, said: “We are not stopping at providing high-performance sensors: we are also developing software that improves operational capabilities on the ground. Our systems are designed with an open architecture to integrate multiple platforms and to interface with a maximum of protection systems, protocols and standard software, and scalable, to integrate machine learning methods and artificial intelligence. With years of experience in the field, we are the ideal industrial partner for data fusion in theatres of operation”.

The acoustics allow going much further than the simple location of gunshots. By using all the capabilities of the sound signals, it is possible to provide very qualitative information on an increasingly broad spectrum of threats: the technology evolves from the detection of fire to global decryption of the sound environment.


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