Sniper snooper: 'Boomerang' helping UK troops to locate Taliban marksmen

London, Aug.5 (ANI): A revolutionary device called Boomerang which 'listens' for enemy gunfire and instantly alerts soldiers to the sniper's location is helping British troops fighting the Taliban.

The system can work out exactly where shots are coming from, allowing soldiers to move quickly to safety or return fire, the Daily Mail reports.

The British Ministry of Defence says the device has saved lives and adds that it has spent 20 million pounds to place Boomerang III at isolated British patrol bases and checkpoints on the frontline in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

It comes after claims that the Taliban has hired sharpshooters to target Nato forces, including snipers and specialist bomb disposal experts.

Captain George Shipman, of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, fighting in Afghanistan, said: "We've used it on a number of occasions and it's helped us to identify exactly where that firing point was. Usually it would take us maybe ten seconds to identify a firing point but the Boomerang speeds that up considerably."

The Boomerang was developed in the U.S. and honed for the warzone by scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Britain. It is mounted on a mast and has seven sensitive microphones which detect the blast and supersonic shockwave from a speeding bullet.

Crucially, the machine is programmed to ignore outgoing shots and other noises such as door slamming, firecrackers and the wind.

Once an enemy bullet is detected, the device makes a lightning-fast calculation and pinpoints the direction, distance and elevation from which it was fired. Soldiers are alerted to the marksman's position by a reading on an electronic display panel and a recorded robotic voice.

The whole process takes less than two seconds. (ANI)