Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

IV.S.04. Inertial Reticle Technology. By FY98, demonstrate an inertial reticle fire control system (IRS) that can be used for the control of weapons systems on a variety of platforms: HMMWV, AGS, BFV, helicopters, and unmanned ground vehicles. The primary focus will be the development of a semi-automated weapons station including IRS fire control system and operator control unit integrated with a semiautomatic weapon on a simple pan and tilt platform. This program uses sensor technology to create a virtually stabilized weapon platform that permits automatic tracking of targets, improves weapon control, and reduces crew exposure to hostile environments. Intermediate developmental steps include incorporation of the IRS into a semi-autonomous weapons station on a manned platform during FY96; subsequent integration of target tracking, image stabilization, and target cueing in FY97; culminating in integration and demonstration on a variety of platforms in FY98. Application of the IRS fire control system to direct fire weapons will improve their accuracy when fired on the move to the level of that while stationary. The IRS fire control system will improve Army warfighting capabilities through increased weapons lethality and improved crew survivability.

Supports: ARDEC, TARDEC, CERDEC, Dismounted Battlespace Battle Lab, Mounted Battlespace Battle Lab.

B. T. Haug Catherine Kominos Chris Kearns
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