This system can detect hostile fire, collect photographic evidence and provide situational awareness to support ground forces.
The Overwatch system has a field of view of 120 degrees and a distance range of more than 300 meters, increasing force survivability and reducing collateral damage through application of accurate counter fire and counter sniper operations.
The system works by sending the target location of the enemy as a digital message to the tactical operation center located inside the vehicle.
The Overwatch system has been field tested before, at Camp Shelby, Miss., and at Ft. Benning, Ga.
"The system is in its early stages of testing and building," said Reginald Snell, a technician with Radiance Technology. "We still have to find a way to make this prototype smaller, and all-weather resistant.
"Currently, we have five prototypes being tested in Iraq," Snell added, "and we brought this one here to test its capability on the mountainous terrain of Hawaii.
"The Overwatch has performed to our expectations in spite of the improvements it needs," said Snell.
"It is really important to get this prototype ready for the future," added Larson, "because it will help troops in combat."