United States Army could purchase Tracking Point precision guided smart rifles


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Saturday, January 18, 2014 09:28 AM
United States Army could purchase Tracking Point precision guided smart rifles.
Tracking Point has announced that the U.S. Army could purchased six of its so-called “smart” rifles, which are priced at between $10,000 and $27,000 each. That’s a hefty fee compared to the hundreds of dollars the Army pays to fit soldiers with the usual M-16 A2 rifle or M-4 Carbine, but the Tracking Point model reportedly comes fitted with aiming technology so advanced that the military may hope a $10,000 investment will help save money on ammunition.


The U.S. military has begun testing several so-called smart rifles made by the applied technology start-up TrackingPoint Inc., company officials said.

Tracking Point displayed the weapon at the annual SHOT show weapons convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this month. DefenseTech.com reported that US Army officials bought six of the precision-guided firearms.

TrackingPoint has created the world's first Precision Guided Firearms, integrating precision hardware, digital optics, and tracking technology to give you a shooting experience unmatched in the world today.

A shooter using a smart sniper rifle would merely need to tag a target viewable on a screen that’s visible when they are looking through the gun’s scope. The internal computer system will then tell the shooter exactly how to hold the gun and when to press the trigger.

Part of the motivation behind developing the precision-guided rifle, the company said, is that battlefields are becoming increasingly complex and, more importantly, connected. A Linux-powered computer in the gun scope collects ballistic data, battlefield images, and records atmospheric conditions such as cant, inclination, and even the tilt of the earth at that precise moment.