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Crosshairs program in final phase

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said a new countermeasure to combat incoming enemy ballistic threats is in its final development phase.

DARPA, the Defense Department's technology research and development agency, said its Crosshairs, or Counter Rocket-Propelled Grenade and Shooter System with Highly Accurate Immediate Responses, program has reached the last stages of development before potential deployment in combat theaters, the American Forces Press Service reported.

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Crosshairs is a program designed to equip tactical vehicles with advanced sensor technologies capable of detecting enemy fire including bullets, rocket-propelled grenades and other mortars, then counter the threat with a high-speed response.

Officials said the Crosshairs system is also expected to communicate with other units in the U.S. military network to strengthen counterinsurgency capabilities.

"I can seamlessly network that information to other vehicles in my convoy and let them know there is a shooter here," Karen Wood, Crosshairs program manager, told AFPS.

"That way, if I am busy with survivability, they can do the retaliatory fire or respond to the shooter."

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