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Sniper Teams to Increase Accuracy with Guided Rounds
Defense Talk ^ | 10/18/2010 | Defense Talk

Posted on 10/18/2010 9:29:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Sniper teams remain the most lethal force on the battlefield and have been credited with many successful engagements. As effective as sniper teams are however, their accuracy is fundamentally limited by random variables such as changing winds, muzzle velocity dispersions and round-to-round variations. The DARPA EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program aims to maximize the effectiveness of sniper teams while improving their safety.

Through EXACTO, DARPA is developing a guided round capability in a .50 caliber platform. It is currently intended to provide snipers the capability to engage targets moving at much greater speeds, in tougher environmental conditions such as in high winds and at far longer ranges than currently possible. A guided sniper round would greatly increase accuracy by allowing compensation for environmental effects and target motion while dramatically reducing the engagement timeline.

“Between Iraq and Afghanistan, the need for trained snipers has increased dramatically”, says DARPA program manager Lyndall Beamer. “It’s time we look at how to maximize the utility of these assets and give them the best tools we can.” Along with increased speed and accuracy, EXACTO will improve sniper safety by opening a wide range of viable hide locations for sniper teams. The program aims to achieve all this while maintaining the current two man shooter/observer sniper team and minimizing changes to existing concepts of operations


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 50cal; 666; banglist; bullet; darpa; ordnance; rifle; sniper; usarmy; usmc

1 posted on 10/18/2010 9:29:53 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

2 posted on 10/18/2010 9:33:28 PM PDT by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Beamer eh?I wonder if he is anything to Todd Beamer?

This program will have a multiplier effect on the strategic use of sniper teams. Those men have very heavy burdens to bear, and their credentials have to be impeccable.

May the White Feathers continue to be victorious!


3 posted on 10/18/2010 9:33:59 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

The best sniper “bullet” shouldn’t even be a moving projectile affected by range trajectory or winds.

Laser rifles.

Line of sight, instant kill factor, and totally silent.

Spend a couple of billion and make it man-portable, has a kill range only restricted by its optics.


4 posted on 10/18/2010 9:39:02 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

5 posted on 10/18/2010 9:40:01 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

I predicted 20 years ago that guided sniper systems would make their way to the battlefield.


6 posted on 10/18/2010 9:40:37 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

“What we need are safer guns and safer bullets,” Joycelyn Elders, cabinet member during Bill Clinton’s presidency.


7 posted on 10/18/2010 9:46:01 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

When will this technology move into the civilian world? This would really help me squirrel hunting.


8 posted on 10/18/2010 9:47:46 PM PDT by umgud (Wear your Border Patrol hats to the polls)
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To: umgud

It would be a great stocking stuffer


9 posted on 10/18/2010 9:50:08 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: knews_hound

I just watched that flick last night...LOL


10 posted on 10/18/2010 10:22:02 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Of course you know I love this kind of stuff and love that my country has these capabilities, but I can't help thinking in the back of my mind, the gubmint will be hunting me some day with night vision, aerial drones, GPS, thermal sights that see through walls, and now bullets that can't miss, .50 caliber no less.( ouch!) The Second Amendment is great except your dead about 32 seconds after the war starts by someone that pushed a button 3000 miles away.

Now they can microwave you if you just want to protest in the street so you may as well stay home.

I remember feeling how helpless the towel heads must feel to throw themselves into battle with what we have arrayed against them. Just watch some video's and see them not even know they are being watched from miles away and a strike is called in from 30,000 ft from an AC 130 gunship. The first inkling that something is wrong is your buddy's liver hits you in the face. I guess all war is that way it just seems more efficient now. Now an idiot draftee can point a .50 cal your general direction and hit your brain pan from a mile away. The bullet may have to make a 90 degree turn to get there, but the bullet is smarter than the draftee.

11 posted on 10/18/2010 10:46:07 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: Kevmo

when do you think they will be available for handguns?!


12 posted on 10/18/2010 11:06:40 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: chuckles

Cheer up. Pretty soon slingshots will be all the US can afford.


13 posted on 10/18/2010 11:42:16 PM PDT by tired1 (Federalize the Fed)
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To: paul51

Never. It will always be an expensive system.


14 posted on 10/19/2010 3:16:23 AM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: chuckles

There’s a bible verse that might cover this:

Revelation 13:4
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”


15 posted on 10/19/2010 3:19:30 AM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: chuckles
Of course you know I love this kind of stuff and love that my country has these capabilities, but I can't help thinking in the back of my mind, the gubmint will be hunting me some day with night vision, aerial drones, GPS, thermal sights that see through walls, and now bullets that can't miss, .50 caliber no less.( ouch!) The Second Amendment is great except your dead about 32 seconds after the war starts by someone that pushed a button 3000 miles away. Now they can microwave you if you just want to protest in the street so you may as well stay home.

You echo my thoughts.

I feel citizens should be given more than a fighting chance against their own military. That was the purpose of the Second Amendment, and it worked pretty well up until about the 1940's when tanks and air platforms were perfected. Still, even then, rifles and pistols were no joke.

However: How do you balance the need for citizens to have access to the full array of military hardware (the purpose of the Second Amendment), against the need to prevent a crazed citizen (or a Muslim -- same thing, really) from using said military hardware to effect great damage in the name of either Allah or the Little Green Leprechauns That Haunt Me In My Dreams And Live In My Closets (same thing, really)?

16 posted on 10/19/2010 3:25:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz; chuckles

Your comments bring to mind the importance of Oath Keepers and the 2nd Amendment. There will only be a small number of people who can issue the ‘Kill’ command. Us, the people and our 2nd Amendment will always keep these people walking on their tip toes wondering if their last command wasn’t suicidal.


17 posted on 10/19/2010 8:26:56 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: B4Ranch
I think it's always important to let these few people know that we know where they live. They may get a few of us, but before the sun goes down, I would hope some one would visit their wives and kids. The advantage of fighting a war from afar is wifey and kiddo's are thousands of miles away. If the Police Chief or National Guard Major know you know where they live and go to church, they may read the "kill" order more carefully.

Back when Clinton and Reno were up to their tricks, Reno asked a military force, ( I think Delta Force), if they would fire on American citizens to confiscate their guns if ordered to. It was about 9 to 1 would refuse. Everyone seemed to relax knowing that they wouldn't fire on us under orders, but I was concerned about the 10% that would.

18 posted on 10/19/2010 9:52:23 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: knews_hound
Runaway and Gene Simmons' guided bullets was the first thing I thought of when I read this headline.

Nice reference.

19 posted on 10/19/2010 9:55:37 AM PDT by wolf24
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To: wolf24

I was hoping I wasn’t being as obtuse as I usually am :)


20 posted on 10/19/2010 10:00:08 AM PDT by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: chuckles

I have been posting for years that one of the smartest ideas there is is to know where every city official/employee in your community lives. That way if they ever start to go against the general will of the community, you can ask them if their family agrees with this decision. That will turn the lights on bright.

Even the strongest Marxist will say, “Hmmm, I wonder if my family will be alive when I get home tonight? Perhaps I shouldn’t take such extreme measures against these citizens to enforce my wishes.”


21 posted on 10/19/2010 10:18:42 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: chuckles
WHAT IS A PATRIOT?

PATRIOTS are not "Revolutionaries" trying to overthrow the government of the United States.

PATRIOTS are "Counter-Revolutionaries" trying to prevent the government of the United States from overthrowing the Constitution of the United States. - Unknown Author

22 posted on 10/19/2010 10:23:18 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: knews_hound

it’s definitely an obscure reference, but you are talking to a major movie nerd here....

:)

By the way, Gene Simmons was outstanding in his role as the villain in that movie.......


23 posted on 10/19/2010 12:24:10 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: B4Ranch
That way if they ever start...

Where have you been for the last 90 years?

I agree on the general principle though.

Stay safe.

24 posted on 10/19/2010 12:30:50 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Dead Corpse

I’m only in my 60’s and I haven’t seen them do anything that caused you to take up arms against them. The kind of thing I’m talking about is if they tried to enforce a coast to coast martial law or take away our 2nd Amendment.

I don’t care what Massachusetts does. If the people want to live under those kind of rules that’s fine with me. It wouldn’t work out West though.


25 posted on 10/19/2010 1:17:08 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: B4Ranch
...or take away our 2nd Amendment.

This was a close one. Just this year.

Seizing 401k's, tampering (overtly) with the election in November, etc...

I think a few of these might cause a few folks to cross a line.

I keep hearing the call "No Fort Sumters!"

I sit there wondering, what about "No more Rudy Ridges", "No more Wacos", "No more Kelos", "No more Alberto Sepulvedas", "No more Kathryn Johnstons", etc...

How many more "no mores" is it gonna take?

26 posted on 10/19/2010 2:13:37 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Dead Corpse

How many more “no mores” is it gonna take? is a good question. The Liberals are sure acting as if they want to destroy everything the Founders put together. There’s quite a crowd assembled, a decade younger than I am, who have gathered all the tools necessary to defend the ideas of the originators.

Governor Brewer sure stepped up when she was needed by signing SB 2010. It’s prompted quite a few states to take long needed actions. Let’s hope the next President is watching and listening which way the masses are leaning.

If the GOP doesn’t get their head out of their butt the Tea Party is ready to step up and announce they will become the new Conservative Party.

Or who knows we may just see some secession voting going on before too long.


27 posted on 10/19/2010 4:57:30 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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