Pre-Shot Sniper and Barreled Weapon Detection

Enemy snipers are a growing threat to U.S. forces worldwide.  According to USA Today, Iraqi insurgents have been “teaching recruits sophisticated sniper techniques for targeting U.S. troops that include singling out engineers, medics and chaplains.”  Detecting and defeating this threat is the goal of pre-shot sniper detection.  

FirstGuard’s pre-shot sniper detection system has broad application for military, police, VIP protection and related security industries.  Our sniper detector technology can be utilized in three different operational scenarios: Portal Entry out to 50 meters, Urban Sniper out to 300 meters, and Open Field Sniper detection in excess of 1,000 meters. 

Pre-shot sniper detection includes the identification of specific threats from concealed shooters, often at long ranges (up to 1km).  This would include military application and use in security details.  “Sniping” detection makes use of the system’s ability to detect and localize weapon barrels carried in any environment, including tactical situations at medium range in urban environments (50-300m) and at close range (5-10m).


The FirstGuard engineering team has made a fundamental advance in radar signal processing for detecting and identifying snipers and other barreled weapons using currently available radar systems and hardware.  Our patented approach to sniper detection identifies the presence of a barreled weapon aimed in the vicinity of a target before the weapon is fired.  This unique system is able to detect and localize the weapon barrel.  In a complementary technique utilizing the same radar data which is used for detection, an external digital signature can be quickly recognized to identify the type of weapon.

When these two techniques are combined, FGT weapon detection, localization, and classification system provides an unparalleled ability to seek out and identify sniper rifles, small-barreled weapons (pistols and revolvers), indirect fire weapons (mortar launchers and artillery), and related barreled weapon threats before a first shot is fired.