DARPA putting scopes that 'see' wind turbulence into the hands of snipers

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|05.26.10

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Joseph L. Flatley
May 26, 2010 2:51 PM
DARPA putting scopes that 'see' wind turbulence into the hands of snipers
It's been years since DARPA put out its original RFI for a "one shot" sniper system, and if you're the type that prefers to kill at extremely long ranges we have some great news for you. The program, which is developing laser scopes that detect and compensate for wind, seems to be somewhat on track (which must really freak DARPA out). It was hoped that the technology would let shooters take down targets at 2,000 meters while enduring forty mile-per-hour crosswinds. Currently, we're looking at something like 1,100 meters and eighteen mile-per-hour winds -- still no mean feat. The next step? To get fifteen field-testable prototypes into the hands of soldiers by next year, to the tune of $7 million.
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