The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic


Lockheed has received funding to develop the Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic (DInGO) scope. From the press release

Lockheed Martin won a $3.9 million contract last week for the Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic (DInGO) program to develop an optical scope attachment for standard combat rifles like the M16 and M4 with field-of-view and angular magnification that can be automatically reconfigured and optimized based on the range to target.

Lockheed Martin experts will capitalize on recent developments in reconfigurable lenses, low-power large pixel-count digital imagers, foveated focal plane arrays, and low-power displays to produce revolutionary rifle sight capabilities.

Awarding the DInGO contract is the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, on behalf of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Lockheed Martin optical systems integrators are being asked to produce a prototype rifle sight with rapid, seamless, automated, or hands-free actuation to enable soldiers to keep both hands on their weapons as they use the rifle sight.

The scope must allow for a wide field of view for close quarters battle, as well as sufficient magnification and resolution to hit moving targets farther than a quarter mile away. Lockheed Martin designers will compensate for bullet drop and moderate winds to enhance marksman accuracy at long ranges.

The optical resolution of the DInGO prototype will be sufficient to enable the user to recognize targets at ranges as far away as 1,000 feet between dawn and dusk.

The DInGO rifle sights will operate for as long as eight hours continuous operation — or seven-day limited operation — with two AA batteries. Ultimately, SPAWAR is asking Lockheed Martin to develop a rifle sight that costs less than $600 in quantities of 50,000.

[ Many thanks to Mik for emailing me the link. ]




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  • subase

    Apart from obviously not being able to pull it off. And this being something dreamed up by some armchair commando.

    It does sound like an interesting idea with promise. A sight that automatically zooms in, and adjusts for bullet drop depending on what your looking at.

    Sounds like a pretty difficult thing to achieve though. How would it work?, would it track the movement of the retina?, thus establishing what it is exactly you want to focus on? How could it respond fast enough to not be a liability in super fast combat use?

  • Carl

    Subase, if the sight has a range finder and knows the bullet trajectory It should be able to figure out where the crosshair should go.

    The range finder would have to be able to pitch up and down though…

  • SpudGun

    I’m hoping this will be a viable reality, I’ve been looking at the Leopold and Swarovski 1-6x power scopes with some envy (too pricey for me) and if a manufacturer can get something even vaguely comparable for $600, then I’ll be the first in line. (I know Millets make one, but it is fail sauce).

    Don’t think they’ll ever get a totally hands free option, but a simple pressure switch mounted on the forearm that can allow instant changes to magnifications and focus would be neato torpedo. Throw in changing the MOA electronic dot / reticle size automatically between magnifications and I’ll bite your hand off to get one.

  • http://emptormaven.com Federalist

    It’s about time we got some good computerized gunsights for small arms!

    But whoever did that acronym should be reassigned: Dynamic Gunsight Optic — “DynGO” — looks better and doesn’t require the cheater “n” in “DInGO”.

  • Ewan

    Check this out.
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/26/darpa-putting-scopes-that-see-wind-turbulence-into-the-hands-o/#comments

    This seems like a sniper specific autoelevation/windage thing.

    Are DARPA applying this same tech to the m4 platform?

    I wondered when somebody would apply some serious image processing to rifle optics achieving things like passive range/windage calculation. You could also use the imaging tech to identify possible human targets and digitally paint them in the optic output. I think the optic/rifle interface is going to be an interesting area of development over the next 20 years!

  • Phil

    I wonder if they need a tester for heat, humidity, and salt water? I’ll play with it till it breaks.

  • Spiff

    I fear that in the future there will be metal boxes housing a sniper weapon and a “DInGo” type of optics that will be placed in locations of opportunity on a battle arena with the “shooter” some safe distance away with a laptop computer directing the field of fire. No human contact with the enemy, no emotion, no study of the opponent…cold…
    Spiff