Army upgrading weapon sights with built-in camera, laser rangefinder, ballistic computer, and networking

May 6, 2021
Sights could make it easier to distinguish between friendly and unfriendly forces, and help distinguish between lawful and unlawful targets.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army is developing new weapon sights to go on machine guns and grenade launchers called the Family of Weapons Sights-Crew Served (FWS-CS) to enhance battlefield accuracy. Popular Science reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 May 2021 -- Crucial to making the FWS-CS work are a built-in laser rangefinder, networking capability, and a computer that can calculate the ballistics of the shot. All the human operator has to do is align the sight with the target.

The sight also includes thermal and infrared imaging to enable its use at night or in dust, smoke, or haze. The sight also is a high-definition camera.

What sets the FWS-CS apart is its ability to synchronize with other systems and broadcast live images from the weapon sight to other head-borne systems over battlefield networking. Its built-in camera could connect to the operator's heads-up display to enable firing the weapon without leveling the scope to his own eyes.

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