We’ve always said here at Don’t Get Bit that snipers are pretty cool but they could be better. Now they are. Being a sniper has it’s advantages in the ZA, long distance killing prevents having to mingle with the undead, large areas can be scouted and cleared from the roof-tops, and well… it would just be darn entertaining. So why not add the ability to let the gun do all the calculations for elevation, wind-age etc.
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.
It will measure atmospheric conditions, account for the weapon’s maximum effective range and include GPS coordinates. It’s 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.