Spider is a man-in-the-loop, networked munition system incorporating sensors, communications and munitions for small unit force protection. Capable of controlling both lethal and nonlethal effects and designed to prevent inadvertent harm to non-combatants while safeguarding warfighters, Spider meets U.S. land mine policies, as well as the intent of the Ottawa Convention.
Developed in conjunction with ATK, the Spider system differs from conventional weapon systems in many ways:
- It always is under the direct control of a qualified operator for selective engagement.
- The system alerts the operator of potential threats, allowing him or her to provide an appropriate response.
- Users have the ability to turn the system on and off, as well as select lethal or nonlethal effects, based on the nature of the imminent threat.
- It is easy and safe to deploy, use, recover and reuse.
- The system is available both in the U.S. and internationally.
- No harmful remnants of war are left on the battlefield.