Pulse Inteco Systems Meslas 10×40 Fire-Controlled Riflescope

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Over at Kit Up, Matthew Cox writes about the Meslas 10×40 Fire-Controlled Riflescope from Israeli firm Pulse Inteco Systems. The scope has a built in range finder and elevation calculator and adjusts the reticle according to the ballistic data uploaded into its memory.


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  • Salesman

    That is one beefy scope. I can only imagine how small these kind of scopes will be in a decade or two.

    Does anyone know what kind of AK variant that the scope is sitting on?

    • Zach

      Looks like some sort of Galil variant to me based on the gas block/FSB combo and the non-standard magazine release. Also, it looks like the rear iron sight is on the top of the receiver cover, so that’s probably a .308 Galil if it is meant for sniping.

    • JMD

      That’s one of the .308 Galil variants.

    • Joe Schmoe

      It’s the IWI Galil Sniper SA (also known as the “GALATZ”, short for “GALIL TZELAF” (Galil Sniper)).

      http://www.israel-weapon.com/default.asp?catid=%7BFC704F52-0DBF-48E6-A23F-650EFA687FDC%7D

  • Zach

    It makes me think of some of the old Soviet-era night vision devices designed for the RPK74N and AK-74N.

  • Joe Schmoe

    What’s really cool is the system prototype that the Israeli’s have system that calculates the range, wind, temperature, pressure, etc. for the spotter. Problem is that the unit is still a bit too big to be practical for the field but it’s getting there.

    They showed off that unit alongside an early version of MESLAS a while back.

  • Vhyrus

    Now EVERYONE can snipe as well as they do in Modern Warfare!

    • Anton

      That’s why I liked operation flashpoint and armed assault.

    • Reverend Clint

      head shots only with sniper rifles… thats fun

  • Alex-mac

    This would probably work with underbarrel grenade launcher ballistics.

  • RocketScientist

    Nifty idea. I always wondered when technology would make the typical two-man sniper team (spotter and shooter) obsolete. While this scope looks rudimentary, it’s easy to see how in future iterations of this technology, when capabilities increase and size/weight/cost decrease, it’ll be really really effective. I know DARPA has been working on similar systems (can’t remember project names), a scope which calculates point of aim for you based on cartridge and rifle internal/external ballistics, barrel temperature, atmospheric conditions, transient weather conditions (wind fields etc), elevation, range, etc. All the things a good spotter takes years of training and experience to be able to do. They even are exploring technology where on a display, the shooter marks the desired point of impact, gets close to the calculated point of aim, then puts the gun on auto. When its in exactly the right spot the gun fires itself, so if your sights aren’t steady due to wind/breathing/nerves/whatever it will fire the exact microsecond your POA is right where it should be. And since it is constantly updating its calculations on the fly, a slight change in wind/temp wont affect it. Also, it will track the flight of previous shots (using IR or other reflectors in base of bullet) to create a ‘control loop’, improving its calculations for increased accuracy. Sounds Very science-fiction, but all this tech exists already, just needs to be integrated and improved. the upshot is a more effective sniper. One man doing the work of two, able to make longer, more accurate shots, and faster more effective follow ups. Huzzah for technology!

    • rwwb

      Actually, the computational power to do the things you describe are already present in most modern day smartphones. The largest design adjustments would be in the weapon integrating various sensors (pitch, yaw, barrel temp and chamber temp).

      One the whole, this sounds like a doable project (not easy but doable)

      • DrewN

        I’d like to see this tech incorporated into small, disguised remote gun emplacements. With human ergo’s not a consideration you could create a remote sniping emplacement in any number of form factors (18″ satellite dishes come to mind) for either one time use or area denial.

      • lolinski

        I wouldnt like a area denial weapon like that, many people my parents knew goty killed by snipers, and making the sniper essentialy invulnerable could make it worse for victims during a war(how would it differentiate from armed combatant and civilian, not that it matters since most snipers shoot all that moves)

        And at least having a chance to kill the invading sniper gives people hope(at least thats what happened in my country and we even killed the SOB)

        so taking away the risk factor to sniping would crush people mentally(and fill them with holes) which is never a good thing.

    • JMD

      Of course, what people are forgetting (or just ignoring maybe) is that all branches of the US Military have been moving away from two man sniper teams for several years in favor of teams of up to five guys.

      If you reduce the size of a sniper team down to just one guy, you also severely limit the effectiveness and overall capability of the team, because snipers do a whole lot more than just sniping.

      One person can only carry about four days worth of food, so no more five day missions. One guy can only carry so much radio equipment, ammo, etc., With three, four, or five guys working together, a sniper team can have redundancy of equipment and personell and vastly improved range, time in the field, and overall effectiveness.

      This scope might make a sniper’s shots easier or more precise, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for the rest of the team, and it certainly won’t enable a single guy to wander into the field alone and do the work of a two to five man group by himself.

      • noob

        you will still probably field a four man team, but instead of two elements engaging two targets at a time, you could engage four targets with the same effectiveness

  • John Doe

    Taking the guesswork and math out of sniping could really mean life-or-death, especially in an urban situation. Plus, without a spotter, you can have twice as many snipers.

    • Tomaso

      If I was a sniper..I would still want a spotter. Tunnel vision is still a bitch. Eyes and ears with larger field of view is very important. By allowing the spotter to focas on diferent aspects of his job and the sniper having ” auto readings ” of the basics seems to me a win win.

  • Bryan S.

    Am I wrong, or does this just do what the Burris Eliminator scope does, or more?

    • Joe Schmoe

      More.

      I don’t know exactly what this latest model MESLAS does, but the previous models had video output (so a commander can see a live picture of a situation, very useful for SWAT) and data input; meaning that it could link up with the spotter version (that was still a prototype then) and also have the wind, pressure, etc, already dialed into the scope along with the spotter being able to see what the shooter sees.

      • Joe Schmoe

        I just wrote a bunch of complete bullsh!t here and no one called me out on it? What’s going on here?

  • AntiCitizenOne

    That’s not a riflescope.

    THIS is a riflescope.

  • Tomaso

    I saw a news feed from the Serb conflict I think…we’re citizens we’re being sniped while just crossing thier street….was horrible to watch. Pisses me off still. Unfortunately no system will be regulated to millitary targets only, it’s up to the heart beat behind the trigger.