As far as technology goes, and the gadgets that we love, the military tends to get the best of the best. Prototypes come and go out of the military on a daily basis, and unfortunately a lot of them don’t make it to the battlefield. But, when one looks, and potentially works, as good as this one from Lockheed, it would be a surprise to not find that it gets fully tested and pushed out onto the field in record time. The Integrated Spotter Scope (ISS), is a working model of a scope that automatically adjusts for the elements of nature, as well as the range from the target.
For snipers, adjusting their scope and position based on the weather conditions, as well as humidity, atmospheric pressure, and even temperature is an every day obstacle they’ve been trained to handle while out on the field. But, while they’ve been trained to be the best, having a computer help them, to make it easier for them to do their job, wouldn’t be a bad thing. The Integrated Spotter Scope is designed to not only do all of that, but also offer up GPS coordinates, as well as point out aim point offset corrections.
The Lockheed and DARPA creation is called a One-Shot system, designed to make sure that the sniper on the field is able to make their shot in one hit, the first time. The new scope is still fresh in its design stages, but the report does suggest that Lockheed has a working model of the scope. However, the first version of the scope was apparently too big and bulky for snipers to effectively carry into the field. Reportedly, snipers would be able to hit targets at ranges of up to 3,600 yards with this new design. Testing for the ISS is scheduled to begin in October, 2011.