While they say it will fit "any weapon type", it looks like it's really only useful for EBR-style firearms, and even then it's hard to see how anyone other than the military would care.
The folks running Land Warrior likely will like this, since there's plenty of tactical/wearable networking available to integrate this.
But I don't see this as being enough of a win for armors to justify the expense. So what's the deal? I hope it's not this:
Maybe I'm nasty and suspicious in my old age, but I simply don't trust a Democratic administration not to consider the troops guilty until proven innocent. In all honesty, I'm not sure I think that a Republican administration wouldn't throw the troops under the bus the instant the MSM said something mean about them.
So far, so uncontroversial. But FN seem to hint at other uses to which the gizmo might be put - indeed the choice of name offers a broad hint that investigations following a shooting or a firefight might make use of the records held in weapons used. Monitoring might go further than this, with the company saying:The FN Black Box can also communicate useful information to the chain of command during a mission. It contains the identification number of the weapon and, thus, can indirectly identify the soldier. When coupled to a GPS, it can transmit its identification and localization data to the upper level of the command through the communication equipment of the soldier.
And I for sure don't think that the Generals in the E Ring would stick their necks out to keep the troops in their commands from being railroaded.
Of course, if I really were nasty and suspicious, I'd think that this is part of a strategy by the