Lockheed Martin to develop advanced rifle scope attachment

Lockheed Martin to develop advanced rifle scope attachment
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Lockheed Martin has won a $3.93 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop high-tech rifle-scope attachment. Designed to improve marksmanship over distances of between three and 600 meters, the Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic (DInGO) system combines a low power laser rangefinder, an embedded ballistics computer and onboard sensors that determine wind and other environmental effects.

Based on the One Shot Advanced Sighting System, DInGO calculates the range, digitally zooms in on the target and automatically transmits crosswind information to a long-range sniper’s scope, modifying the crosshairs to display the bullet’s exact point-of-impact.

Lockheed Martin says the goal is to provide soldiers with accurate targeting while maintaining optical resolution and without the need to change scopes.

“Current scopes are optimized for a single target range, impacting soldiers’ effectiveness and survivability when engaging targets at different distances during a single mission,” said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors Ship & Aviation Systems business. “DInGO will solve this problem, significantly increasing soldiers’ ability to rapidly reconfigure optics for use from short to long ranges and improving marksmanship capabilities for all soldiers.”

The nine-month Phase 1 contract will see the DInGO system developed for use on M-4 and M-16 automatic rifles.

Recently Lockheed Martin has also applied the One Shot crosswind measurement technology in a prototype spotter scope. The company says tactical field tests in December 2009 showed that snipers were able to engage targets twice as quickly and increase their probability of a first-round hit by a factor of two at distances beyond 1,000 meters.

Via: Lockheed Martin.

Victor McDermott
Awesome... now only to include a remote detonation to blow the heads off any insurgents who get hold of it
Integrated sight technology is a strong force multiplier for all military. Although the Barrett BORS exists and separate devices exist, all Combat Arms Soldier/Marine need better sights (not just snipers or SDM). This should extend to crew-served weapons.
Relatively small errors in range estimation, target speed, uphill/downhill angle, etc. mean a miss.
The reality is combat shooting is not well trained.
In asymmetric war, small arms may account for 80% of enemy casualties. It is a worthwhile investment to outfit the front-line shooters with the best sight, ammo, and gun system possible. I\'d even put an optical sight on the pistol. future weapon targets
Wouldn't a laser range-finder give away a sniper's position? Not good for survivability.
So, my question is, why do we need something like this? Are our snipers not as good as the british snipers?
This guy got not one, but two kills at over 8,120 feet away (quite a feet when you consider that his rifle is only affective up to 4,900 feet) that\'s 2,475 meters for you metrically inclined people! And they didn\'t 3.9 million dollars to do this either! Look, it comes down to training and skill....all the technology in the world won\'t help if you can\'t even hit the side of a barn at 20 feet!
Will, the tink
With all the junk these guys have to go through just to qualify for deployment as a sniper team, one would hope they can deliver the goods for a long time. That is what is needed as we hope they can stay on assignment delivering more \"bang\" for the buck! (pun intended) :>)
Shaun Goh
\"two kills at over 8,120 feet away\" - Maybe tech could enable them to kill a whole platoon at that kind of distance without the need to manually adjust to wind speed etc. Something like \'auto-aim\'/\'assisted aim\' in computer games. Just shoot where the computer tells you to.
Sure, very good, as long as there is fail-safe for exhausted battery pack or software error (or physical damage) i.e, reverts to manual scope with manual adjustments.
Another item for review, if not already there, is the ability for the soldier to upload/download data from/to his other (external) electronic data storage devices and to recover from a software/firmware crash.