DARPA gives Lockheed Martin $3.9M to develop new scope for soldiers

Lockheed Martin is one of the biggest arms contractors that supplies all manner of high tech gear for the military. The name is most closely associated with aircraft, but the company is much more than that. Lockheed Martin has announced that it has won a new DARPA contract to develop a scope for soldiers.

The project is intended to design a high-tech scope to be attached to a rifle and improve the soldier's marksmanship. The goal of the project is to develop a scope that will allow the solider to hit targets at ranges from three to 600 meters.

The cool tech to be used in the scope is called Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO. DInGO uses a low power laser range finder that can digitally zoom in on targets and automatically accounts for environmental factors in the shot. That means the sensors will detect wind speed and direction using integrated sensors and automatically calculate where the aim is needed to hit the target.