US military Begins Purchasing and Testing Smart RiflesPosted: January 19, 2014
According to a Military.com interview with TrackingPoint, Inc., the Army bought six different smart rifles from the company for a price of $10,000 to $27,000, each of which includes a built-in Linux-based computer that uses sensors and scopes to maximize accuracy amidst a variety of conditions like terrain, weather and even the Earth’s rotation.
“The military has purchased several units for testing and evaluation purposes,” TrackingPoint marketing official Oren Schauble told Military.com Tuesday at the country’s largest annual gun show, where the startup company announced the technology in 2013.
According to Schauble, one of the rifles demonstrated at the show boasts a 70 percent first-shot success rate at 1,000 yards out — significantly better than the average for professional military snipers, with a high of 30 percent. The military plans to compare the success rate of average soldiers with smart rifles against that of traditional sharpshooters…
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