Friday, October 8, 2010

New "Robot" Scopes for U.S. Army Marksmen & Snipers slated for combat

Soldiers from units within Task Force Currahee fire at iron targets over 500 meters away during a range day portion of a training class on the newly-issued M14 during a four-day training class at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khost province, Sept. 8.

Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPA’s One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that influences a bullet’s flight, and calculate the aim offset in a sniper’s rifle scope.
During the project’s 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. Using all those variables, the company calculated the ballistics for a .308 bullet at ranges as far as 3,600 feet.
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These people always drop the ball, confusing "Squad Designated Marksman" with "Snipers", making reports like this inaccurate, because we can't determine which group, or both, will be getting the scopes for testing in combat action. Generally, SDM's (as in the photo) carry the upgraded M-14 Semiauto (.308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO), while Snipers carry Mauser style Bolt-Actions. Both have different missions, the only similarity is the skilled ability to sling big-bore jacketed metal death to the enemy in order to protect fellow soldiers and advance the mission. The new scope will enhance that ability. (S9)  

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