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Jan. 7th, 2007 @ 07:10 pm omg nerf government
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They are working on aimbots!
http://www.darpa.mil/sto/solicitations/oneshot/index.html

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE AND DESCRIPTION: The objective of Advanced Sighting System (One-Shot) program is to enable Snipers to accurately hit targets with the first round, under crosswind conditions, at the maximum effective range of the weapon (RE). For this purpose, the system developed must provide a measure of downrange crosswind (wind) and range to target. This information will then be used to compensate the bullet trajectory to offset crosswind and range related bullet deviations resulting in substantially increased success of kill. The system must operate over a range of visibilities, atmospheric turbulence and scintillation, and environmental operating conditions and exploit novel technologies that address the overall requirements of this program. It is anticipated that the ultimate system culminating from this investigation and development will provide performance summarized in Annex to BAA 07-03 (Classified). The development work will be conducted in two Phases 1 and 2; with Phase 1 objective being "Feasibility Demonstration" while Phase 2 "Packaging of the System".

It is recognized that crosswind has the effect of deviating the bullet trajectory producing offsets in the hit point. In some cases, a 10mph wind could produce a miss even at 400 meters while in other cases the deviation could be much worse, exceeding 3 meters at 1200 meters range. The deviation increases as the wind velocity and/or the engagement range increases. Current methods to compensate the bullet trajectory, under adverse combat conditions, are inadequate since they require a) a spotter to guide the shooter on target by observing wind velocity and direction, b) determining the hit point deviation from the aim point if the round results in a miss, c) guessing range to target, and d) the user to undergo intense field training.

Typically for long range shots, it is desirable to profile the downrange wind instead of measuring an average value since wind can change at various points along the range. If the wind is profiled, it could increase the overall measurement time duration; introducing latency in measurements. Therefore the system must be able to optimize the required accuracy in a given measurement period and the number of profiled segments over the engagement range. Clearly, the greater the number of sampling segments, the better the anticipated hit accuracy. Topography, pressure and temperature should therefore be considered in the estimation of the number of profiled wind segments.

Although substantial efforts have been made over the last decade in measuring crosswind, two approaches have been commonly used.     These are, namely a) Laser Doppler Velocimeter (LDV) and b) Coherent Doppler Lidar.  Although these techniques are useful for some applications, they do not seem to be adequate for this application.

Proposers may consider any potential sensor technology, individually or in combination, or other effective sensor modalities which the Proposer considers to be technically superior or more affordable or both.     Proposers are reminded that 1) the time urgency of the need argues for mature technologies rather than immature technology requiring many years of development, and 2) end system affordability in production argues against unduly complex and expensive sensor solutions and system architectures.    
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From:bakasan
Date:January 8th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
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Maybe Al Qaeda will invest in Punk Buster? :o