View Full Version : Self Aiming Sniper Rifles...

10-03-10, 05:06 PM
Secret Ninja Sniper Squirrels will abound....

A sniper crouches near an open window and zooms in on his target, who sits a half-mile away. He peers through a scope and holds his breath, preparing to squeeze the trigger. But itís windy outside, and he can't afford a miss. What to do?

Clearly, he needs a self-aiming gun. Fortunately, one should be available next year.

Using the One-Shot system, under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a new electro-optical system will calculate the ballistics for him, telling him where to aim and ensuring a perfect shot (http://www.militaryaerospace.com/index/display/article-display/0657946308/articles/military-aerospace-electronics/executive-watch-2/2010/10/lockheed-martin_to.html) -- no matter the weather conditions.

Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPAís One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that influences a bulletís flight, and calculate the aim offset in a sniperís rifle scope.

During the projectís first phase, which started in 2007, Lockheed developed a down-range system that measured average crosswind; range to target; spotter scope position; air temperature, pressure, and humidity; and more, according to Military Aerospace (http://www.militaryaerospace.com/index/display/article-display/0657946308/articles/military-aerospace-electronics/executive-watch-2/2010/10/lockheed-martin_to.html). Using all those variables, the company calculated the ballistics for a .308 bullet at ranges as far as 3,600 feet.

While thatís impressive, the system was too heavy and unwieldy, and it couldnít be used with standard rifle scopes. The phase-two design will be more compact and able to operate in real time and over longer distances.

It will measure atmospheric conditions, account for the weaponís maximum effective range and include GPS coordinates. Itís also supposed to communicate with the rifle scope, informing the gun itself of the aim point offset and expected crosswind.

Lockheed is supposed to deliver 15 field-testable prototypes by next October

Backhaus 1103
10-03-10, 05:22 PM
This would make it too easy.

10-03-10, 06:47 PM
Too easy? war isnt a game of sport. Who ever comes home wins and who ever dies dosent. Showing up to a fair fight means you didnt prepare. This will prob never be adopted, but if it is, it will be like GPS. Youll still need traditional land nav skills.

Backhaus 1103
10-03-10, 07:34 PM
Too easy to be a sniper. A gps makes land nav 10000 times easier. All you do is put in the check points and follow the damn arrow.
I wish my mk 12 would have had this.

10-03-10, 10:05 PM
They should implement this in mounted weapons. Great idea.

10-03-10, 10:20 PM
The B.O.R.S. System is a lot like this.

And it sounds a lot like the M1 Abrams fire control system thatís been in play for decades. Once you lase your target and induce a ballistic solution itís pretty much a matter of squeezing the trigger...even if youíre shooting a moving target from a moving platform.

10-03-10, 11:15 PM
The more technology in use the better. I'm sure all the guys in the field would feel even better knowing they have weapon systems like that.

10-04-10, 12:01 AM
As long as you can still do the job yourself if you're out in the middle of nowhere and its targeting system goes offline because of flying shrapnel or whatever.

10-04-10, 02:01 AM
Yeah, you don't want basic combat skills to atrophy due to using technology as a crutch. When the PEQ systems came out a lot of guys thought they could blind fire around corners and such and still hit their target b/c it was pegged by their IR beam....forgetting that there was a freaking explosion happening inside their weapon and their trigger pull was all out of whack. The mechanics of the weapon don't change.