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Soldiers find use for l33t FPS skills with remote operated guns

Paul Miller, @futurepaul
March 21, 2006
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The new CROWS (Common Remotely Operated Weapons System) guns that are making their way into Iraq not only provide protection for soldiers by allowing remote operation, but are turning out to be especially suited to FPS junkies. The guns cost $260,000 each and can mount a variety of lethal weapons. Currently around 15 CROWS units make it to Iraq each month, but the Army is hoping for 9000 of them, partly due to their success with all the gamers currently serving in the infantry. The joystick operated gun, while much safer, is obviously limited in field of vision in comparison to a man mounted turret gun, but former FPS players have found plenty of success with the weapons. We're glad to know all those hours spent in front of the screen didn't go to waste, now we just wish there was a better use for short-form tech prose in the service of the country.

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