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Army researches more effective targeting

Army researches more effective targeting

The most subtle movements by soldiers can adversely affect advanced and precise targeting devices.  With the goal of improving the accuracy of targeting systems, the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command conducted a series of tests to determine the effect soldiers’ motions have on their ability to accurately target weapons.

The initial testing focused on collecting baseline motion data, with researchers developing a sensor to capture soldier motion data that could be incorporated into targeting systems and used in laboratory settings for prototyping. 

Researchers then conducted tests that would capture soldiers’ motions as the they carried the sensor in various exercises -- such as running, bounding, crawling, moving up and down ramps, dropping to the ground and targeting --  activities that are similar to those they may encounter in combat. The test results indicated that regardless of the soldiers’ size or shape, their motion data was very similar when they were engaged in the same activity.

The results will help researchers develop more accurate targeting systems that will reduce target location errors, reduce time to engage and decrease the number of munitions required to prosecute targets.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Dec 03, 2015 at 1:28 PM


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