Not confirmed but a SMASH HOPPER could be the weapon used to assassinate Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
SMART SHOOTER Israeli company, a world-class designer, developer and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, launches SMASH HOPPER: a new Remote Controlled Light Weapons Station (LRCWS) providing a ‘One Shot – One-shot capability while being controlled by an operator from a safe distance. Compact, lightweight, and rapidly deployable SMASH HOPPER extends the maximum effective range of the host weapon system to its ballistic limits.
Introduced by the company for the first time, Smart Shooter’s SMASH HOPPER has been optimized to increase the survivability of tactical units by providing enhanced and clandestine surveillance, precision and lethality. Weighing approximately 15 kg, the SMASH HOPPER can be integrated into an existing command and control (C2) system, giving operators the ability to transfer or receive targets over existing communication networks. With a safe firing mechanism, mounting solution, and ruggedized remote control unit (RCU), SMASH HOPPER provides pan and tilt capability for the weapon system and can be controlled via cable or wireless connectivity.
Unknown to most Iranians until last Friday, when he was assassinated, the scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was well known among those who follow Iran’s nuclear program. Western security forces considered it an instrumental piece of the program.
The Iranian media played down the figure of Fakhrizadeh, presenting him as a scientist involved in the investigation of “locally produced COVID-19 test kits” in recent weeks.
Mark Fitzpatrick, a research associate at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, who closely follows the Iranian nuclear program, tweeted: “Iran’s nuclear program has long passed the point where it relied on a single individual.”
Even so, we know that when he was attacked, Fakhrizadeh was accompanied by several bodyguards, indicating how seriously Iran took his security.