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DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers
Lockheed Martin ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lockheed Martin

Posted on 05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers’ marksmanship capabilities.

The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters.

DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the scope. It then projects the bullet’s point-of-impact calculated from the embedded ballistics computer.

“Current scopes are optimized for a single target range, impacting soldiers’ effectiveness and survivability when engaging targets at different distances during a single mission,” said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors Ship & Aviation Systems business. “DInGO will solve this problem, significantly increasing soldiers’ ability to rapidly reconfigure optics for use from short to long ranges and improving marksmanship capabilities for all soldiers.”

DInGO is based on Lockheed Martin’s One Shot Advanced Sighting System, which utilizes similar precision engagement technology to automatically transmit crosswind information to a long-range sniper’s scope and modify the crosshairs to display exactly where the bullet will strike.

DARPA awarded Lockheed Martin an 18-month, $9.7 million contract in 2008 to integrate One Shot’s new crosswind measurement technology into a prototype spotter scope – a small telescope that is carried by sniper teams and is used to bring far-away objects into close view. During tactical field tests in December 2009, snipers were able to engage targets twice as quickly and increase their probability of a first-round hit by a factor of two using the One Shot

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: banglist; darpa; laser; lockheedmartin; m16; m4; marksmanship; rifle; riflescope; scope; ustroops

1 posted on 05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

Just think! Back in the day, these guys made aircraft.


2 posted on 05/26/2010 8:19:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Kiss my AZ!!!)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Will the scopes have one of these etched on it?


3 posted on 05/26/2010 8:21:03 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Seems the Brits have a rifle & scope that we should buy.

A sniper took out 2 Taliban from over 1 1/2 MILES away.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 8:22:56 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: sonofstrangelove

I want one!


5 posted on 05/26/2010 8:23:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: wastedyears

Thats one disturbing looking Dingo...


6 posted on 05/26/2010 8:25:23 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: smokingfrog

Me too. It will end up in the civilian market like night vision.


7 posted on 05/26/2010 8:27:08 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Neat-o!


8 posted on 05/26/2010 8:27:16 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: ridesthemiles

At that range no scope can guarantee you’ll hit what you’re aiming at given shifting wind resistance and target movement.


9 posted on 05/26/2010 8:38:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters."

Who, pray tell, uses a scope at three meters?

10 posted on 05/26/2010 8:41:54 PM PDT by TXnMA
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To: HangnJudge
It's yawning. Probably just woke up. Look at the way it's sitting. Non-threat mode this milli-second.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/26/2010 8:42:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Range between 3 and 600 meters. Hmmm. I don't normally use a scope at 3 meters, but if they have one that can let you engage from 3 to 600 without moving to iron sights and back, that certainly helps the cheek weld and head position for accurate shots. High tech is so cool.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/26/2010 8:44:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TXnMA

No one. Its the range capability.


13 posted on 05/26/2010 8:45:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Exactly. This is going to be very ccol.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 8:46:04 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

It sounds good, but I can’t imagine the “wind sensor” part working very effectively.

That said, I could sure use one for elk hunting.


15 posted on 05/26/2010 8:47:51 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: Rio

May I suggest Stephen Hunter’s latest novel, “I, Sniper.” Looks like reality is catching up with fiction.


16 posted on 05/26/2010 9:06:10 PM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Sounds like they are asking for range-spoofing problems as seen in autofocus cameras — where it range-locks on a foreground bush instead of the distant target. Limiting the lower end to combat range should minimize that effect.


17 posted on 05/26/2010 9:47:50 PM PDT by TXnMA
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To: TXnMA

I would like to see the end product.


18 posted on 05/26/2010 9:50:09 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I’ll take two!


19 posted on 05/26/2010 10:10:06 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"I would like to see the end product."

Me too! Wonder how they measure crosswinds - Laser Doppler?

20 posted on 05/26/2010 10:23:04 PM PDT by TXnMA
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To: astyanax

mark


21 posted on 05/26/2010 10:24:28 PM PDT by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Odd. I have a non-battery powered scope that checks range like a 35mm camera lens. You adjust the focus (split ring) and when focus, you read the range.

Not as accurate tot he knatsass of a LASER interferometer, but good enuf for my DOPE cards. Works OK for me all the way out to the 350 yd line at the local range.

I had thought of buying a Mil/MIl scope or even a Mil/MoA - Still have the thought, still saving.

Anyone out there currently using a stadiametric rangefinding scope - other than an ART scope?

This is all hypothetical, of course....

22 posted on 05/26/2010 10:26:25 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: ASOC

What happens when the battery runs out of the DINGO?


23 posted on 05/26/2010 11:29:57 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: Frohickey
What happens when the battery runs out of the DINGO?

Replace it?

24 posted on 05/27/2010 2:36:07 AM PDT by Pontiac
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To: Frohickey

There goes the LASER rangefinder, autodrop compensator etc etc.

OTOH, the avg sniper does use a high rate of fire, so why the big deal on “twice as fast”?


25 posted on 05/27/2010 7:31:18 AM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: sonofstrangelove
I enjoy having technical challenges -- as in how to measure wind deflection!

As I was waking up this AM,, it occurred to me that using something like the Laser Guide Star concept -- as used in adaptive optics for astronomy -- might work.

My guess is that Rayleigh scattering (rather than sodium excitation) might work -- especially if short wavelengths and short pulses were employed.

I can see several possibilities. Hmmm -- might be a patent in there, somewhere...

26 posted on 05/27/2010 8:37:05 AM PDT by TXnMA
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To: Frohickey; ASOC

Keeping our troops supplied with batteries for all their portable gizmos is already a significant logistics effort. If this employs a common battery already in the supply system, it would only mean a slight increase in acquisition volume.


27 posted on 05/27/2010 8:42:15 AM PDT by TXnMA
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To: sonofstrangelove
DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder,

Next up, an inexpensive laser detector that sounds an alarm when the rangefinder illuminates you (the target).

28 posted on 05/27/2010 8:47:02 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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