Beyond Trackingpoint: DARPA’s Computational Weapon Optic

    Computational Weapon Optic

    Adam Clark Estes from Gizmodo recently posted an exclusive hands-on with DARPA’s version of the smart scope, named the Computational Weapon Optic (CWO). The author is definitely not a gun guy, but you can find it the original article here: What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

    It seems that DARPA isn’t chasing the “pull the trigger for you” technology like Tracking Point, but is hoping to have a multi-role electro-optic of their own.

    Some notes:

    • Works with the TransApps environment
    • Integrated laser rangefinder, NV, and Thermal optics
    • Anti-fratricide system (will alert when the scope is pointed at a designated blufor target)
    • Radio synchronization
    • Applied Ballistics software inside
    • The demoed prototype is about twice as large as the expected production model (there seems to be two prototypes in the article though)
    • No mention of wind compensation yet, but the Applied Ballistics software can pull data from a Kestrel wind meter.

    There is a video demonstration of zeroing, coaching, and other network functions in the CWO.

    And another photo of what may be the original prototype? Substantially larger with no space for a piggy-backed red dot sight.

    Edward O

    Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.