July 12, 2014

If You See It, You Can Hit It

A new sniper system called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance has been successfully tested.

From the Washington Times:
DARPA had a promising prototype for its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets in 2012, but the new video confirms that the agency has perfected the technology.

“The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines,” DARPA’s website stated.
More on EXACTO here.

Google glass wifi technology is also being incorporated into new firearms optics.
TrackingPoint Inc., the Texas company that specializes in creating precision guided firearms, has harnessed Google Glass technology to create a firearm that can hit targets that are behind corners. It’s called the the first precision-guided firearm (PGF).

“When paired with wearable technology, PGFs can provide unprecedented benefits to shooters, such as the ability to shoot around corners, from behind low walls, and from other positions that provide exceptional cover,” TrackingPoint claimed in a press release. “Without PGF technology, such positions would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fire from.”
At another demonstration this past January, the Department of Defense is testing another computerized targeting system for small arms.
While at the nation’s largest gun show in Las Vegas, Nev., the SHOT Show, the U.S. Army is said to have purchased six “smart” rifles after witnessing the product’s performance in the hands of novice shooters. Each rifle can cost up to $27,000, according to — but the rifle’s performance won them over.

[...] TrackingPoint Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jason Schaubie told the defense website that military snipers have a fire-shot success rate from that range of between 20 percent to 30 percent (which jumps to 70 percent on their second attempt).
“That is a better day than usual,” said Schaube. “I would say we’re at about 70 percent first-shot success probability at 1,000 yards … with inexperienced shooters.”
TrackingPoint ... you might want to buy stock in this company.


LL said...

I love firearms. AND I wish that I had $27K to sink into this rifle. However, the real question is, as cheap as I can be at times, if I simply had $27K laying around, would I buy a rifle with it?


sig94 said...

LL - under the proper provocation, I bet you would and you would use it.