It is possible now, you know? A team of researchers recently came up with a better version of laser rangefinding rifle sight that can easily transfer between long and short range settings within a few seconds. Called as ELCAN it is a dual-field- of-view rifle sight that has been designed for giving soldiers an ability to engage their targets at a distance as well as close range with maximum precision fire capability. With the help of a pulse that pings the distance between target and shooter, the new version of ELCAN system is capable of taking n data, processing it, and communicating most crucial data to the shooter within a few seconds. With the help of this distance data, these soldiers can now aim and fire with maximum confidence.
Previously, complicated fire control systems worked in sync with ELCAN’s capabilities worked in tanks, ships, airships, and drones, all these can easily carry loads of gears. You cannot presume the same for a soldier, which brings up the problem of heaviness of ELCAN in view. So, the new version that came happens to be 3-4 inches long and just three pounds in weight. Thus, the new ELCAN was successful in attaining the goal of offering upgraded warfighting abilities without increasing burden over soldier.
Dan Pettry, a former sniper from the U.S. Army Rangers who is product manager for Raytheon, says, “Being able to do that with one shot–that’s a game changer. You put so much work and training into finding distance and all the things that go into making a good shot. The thought that someone could build a piece of equipment that could do that for you is really amazing."
Raytheon adds that its ELCAN system will be soon deployed in the battlefield by 2018. We hope that these improvements will act as a safety net for both civilians and soldiers.
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