Watching action movies is one of my favorite things to do. I am especially fond of the snipers on films, where there is one guy with an ultimately focused and steady aim, trying to assassinate or shoot a target. I’ve always thought that it’s harder than it looks. I’m right. But with the help of DARPA’s One Shot XG, the difficulty seemed to lessen somehow. How?
Snipers cannot easily take down a target just by looking at the scope. They have to take into consideration a number of external factors including wind speed, temperature, atmospheric pressure, range and sounds that can cause to distract the bullet projectile off its course. DARPA has been developing laser scopes that compensates for wind conditions to effectively increase the shooter’s accuracy by a factor of four. Unfortunately, these equipment are not very efficient and suffers from short battery life, range finder errors, and overheating problems.
Thus, DARPA has commissioned the Cubic Corporation to overcome faults found on these scopes. The firm reportedly received $6 million for a contract to develop a “compact observation, measurement and ballistic calculation system” called One Shot XG. This is designed to counteract the external conditions by offsetting the aim point that would impact bullet trajectory. One Shot XG works on laser-emitting targeting computers for the snipers. These will handle the tasks faster which humans used to do manually.
It is expected that within 15 months, DARPA will be seeing 10 weapon or scope-mountable field devices. The time frame on developing and building a device as such is tentative. One Shot is consistently getting behind schedule from 2009 to 2011, and now, 2013.
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