Boomerang Warrior-X, developed by Raytheon BBN Technologies, was awarded the Defense News Technology and Innovation Award for new use of existing technology. The Technology and Innovation awards recognize recent advances in defense technologies by U.S. companies and defense agencies. Boomerang Warrior-X adapts the technology of the Boomerang III gunshot detection system that has been widely deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan for vehicle and fixed-site protection. Boomerang Warrior-X extends the same protection to the individual, dismounted soldier.
In addition to the award, Raytheon Mobile Apps secured a runner-up recognition in the same category while the company’s Mobile Nuclear Radiation Detection System received a runner-up acknowledgement for best use of a component.
A panel of expert judges from Defense News reviewed more than 80 nominations from across five categories, weighing how much each candidate advanced the field, helped the warfighter, and reduced costs.
The U.S. Army is reported to be issuing a contract award to deliver thousands of additional soldier-wearable gunshot detection systems to warfighters in Afghanistan. One of companies vying for the contract is Raytheon-subsidiary BBN Technologies with its Boomerang Warrior X.