The US Army is hoping to boost the aim of its soldiers with a new smart sight system.
Called the Ballistically Optimized Sniper Scope or BOSS, it can be clipped onto the top of an existing rifle and adds a host of electronic sensors to allow the sight to take into account the weather conditions when firing.
Army bosses say it can ‘increase the probability of a hit by nearly an order of magnitude at the most extreme range’ and could be fitted to almost any rifle.
‘To improve sniper effectiveness, especially at extended distances, we need to find a way to increase accuracy by reducing aiming errors, and minimize the time for the shooter to figure out where to correctly aim his weapon,’ said Regina Stonitsch, Assistant Product Manager for BOSS at Project Manager Soldier Weapons.
‘We believe the answer could be the BOSS Project.’
The system contains an internal environmental sensor suite, platform orientation inclinometers, and sophisticated ballistic calculator. The ballistic calculator uses range, environmental and weapon orientation data to compute a ballistic solution based on weapon and ammunition.
It provides an adjusted aim point in the scope, which the shooter then places on target and fires. The entire time, the shooter never removes his eye from the scope nor loses his sight picture of the target. This allows the shooter to maintain better situational awareness and avoids extra time and effort in reacquiring the target.