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Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by chieftain, May 27, 2010.

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  1. chieftain

    chieftain Member

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    For your consideration

    From Defense Industry Daily:

    Go figure.

    Fred
     
  2. Texas Gun Person

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    Huh... I was unaware.


    I work at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. :)
     
  3. General Geoff

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    Anyone have details on the bidding for this contract? I'd be interested to see what other companies competed for this project.
     
  4. Straight Shooter

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    I've thought about a scope like this before. It would be more of a heads-up display since you are not looking at a true target but an image that's been corrected based on distance and wind.

    The only sticking point I see is that the wind calculations are being done on sensors on the scope. That won't tell you what the wind conditions are like 600 yards downrange.
     
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    Seems like the laser rangefinder would point right back to your position, if the other guy is looking at you through the right kind of goggles.
     
  6. wishin

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    For a company that builds the F-22, this should be a walk in the park. How does a fighter plane engage multiple target simultaneously from miles away? The problem is the scope will probably cost tens of thousands $ per copy before it's all said and done.
     
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    It needs to be portable, too.

    An F-22 has a bit more room for technology than a spotting scope.
     
  8. Jon_Snow

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    Actually, through the use of laser doppler measurements, you can measure the wind at several points along the bullet's path. If you couldn't then this whole project would be a huge waste of money.

    A little off-topic, but if this is true then our soldiers must currently have a first round hit rate less than 50%. Is this really the case or is it the usual misrepresentation of statistics?
     
  9. Straight Shooter

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    This is really interesting technology. I've been trying to find out more information but the best I could do is find the scope of the project. The results of the tests are classified.

    From Wired:
    Jon, it looks like they are in the process of developing or have developed a new technology, here is the pertinent text from the scope:
    Here is a link to the scope of the project

    Here is the text:
     
  10. Lone_Gunman

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    This is another example of a great waste of money by the Defense Department.

    Sounds pretty neat though.
     
  11. zorro45

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    iSniper

    This is basically the device (imaginary) in the book I,Sniper by Stephen Hunter. It is a programmable scope with rangefinding built in, also various ammunition factors, temperature, R.H.,elevation, etc. and called iSniper
    (as in iPhone). I would guess that 3.9Million would be a tiny subsidy to help this project along, rather than an amount that would bring this package into a usable product. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but let's just say that the bad guys with the lastest technology don't have a very good day.
     
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    If they would waste a little time and money teaching people to shoot, they would not need a magic rifle scope. The more Playstation losers the world creates the worse it becomes. They are also working on battery powered legs to carry a fat kid with a magic rifle scope out to the battlefield. At some point they want to develope first aid kits that you walk back and fourth over and they cure your gunshot wounds and ammo that sprouts up from the ground when you shoot badguys is only ten years away. That will make reloading a snap.
     
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  13. kmcintosh78

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    Been there and done that.
    When I was stationed at Hill AFB, Clinton came through. SS had sniper rifles with such a scope already attached.
     
  14. inclinebench

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    LM actually subbed almost all of this work out. Several different technology companies contributed.
     
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    Initially you're correct, but like all technology it will come down in price, and then Bambi watch out! ;)
     
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