Cubic Team Developing Sniper Crosswind Measuring System for DARPA; Steve Sampson Comments

Cubic Corp. has won a $6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a new One Shot crosswind and range measurement system, the company announced Tuesday.

In partnership with Trex Enterprises, Cubic will develop and test a prototype system for providing ballistic aim point offsets in the shooter’s riflescope sight.

“One Shot XG seeks to allow our snipers to immediately obtain downrange crosswind, direction and range to target to provide ballistic corrections,” said Steve Sampson, vice president of advanced programs for Cubic Defense Applications.

This field-deployable system is mounted on the rifle or the spotter-scope for military snipers to hit targets under crosswind conditions.

Cubic will provide the innovative electro-optic and laser designs, while Trex will develop the crosswind measurement algorithm.

“The No. 1 error among our snipers is not being able to accurately measure downrange cross wind profile between the shooter and the target,” Sampson said.

According to Sampson, Cubic and Trex have been developing the One Shot XG concept for six months and DARPA wants to help demonstrate its feasibility.

Success of the prototype could mean the delivery of 10 additional systems within 15 months, according to Cubic.

Cubic is also developing a data link subsystem and security subsystems for the Navy’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance network.

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