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Thread: Sniper rifle-equipped robo-copter uses an Xbox 360 controller to line up kills

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    SonsOfLiberty's Avatar The Lonely Wanderer
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    In modern warfare, the advantage often goes to guerrillas who can attack, then quickly hide among the population or disappear into the hills. To counter those tactics, the Pentagon since 2001 has been arming unmanned aerial vehicles to identify and destroy targets with missiles. The Defense Department is seeking weapons for UAVs that can strike enemies but limit collateral damage, especially in cities.

    The Army’s solution is the Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System (ARSS), a small, unmanned helicopter equipped with a powerful .338-caliber rifle. An autopilot system handles the tricky business of flying while the operator lines up the kill shot on a remote monitor.

    The Army ground-tested the rifle’s turret on a Vigilante unmanned helicopter to evaluate its accuracy. The turret-control hardware and flight-control algorithms will be refined to make shots more accurate before airborne testing begins in July. The program’s heads say the airborne robo-sniper idea was put forward five years ago, but only became practical when Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory designed a lightweight, stabilized turret. Users control it with an adapted Xbox 360 controller. The same turret could be used on unmanned fixed-wing aircraft such as the Predator or Reaper and could also allow ground robots to fire on the move.

    Other Possible Weapons for the ARSS
    + M249 5.56-mm squad automatic weapon, a small-caliber machine gun
    + M240 7.62-mm machine gun, a weapon used by the U.S. and NATO
    + AA-12 12-gauge, a full-auto shotgun
    + Peak Beam Immobilizer, a xenon strobe light that stuns targets with “psycho-physical” effects like disorientation and nausea

    Last edited by SonsOfLiberty; 04-19-2009 at 06:53 PM.

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    IdolEyes787's Avatar Persona non grata
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    Yeah right a long range sniper rifle (.338 caliber's only real world application is firing at targets over a 1000 metres away) firing from an aircraft.
    I sure as hell wouldn't want to be anywhere in the vicinity when Robocop decides to open fire.


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