If you don’t know the distance to your target it will make it more difficult – if not impossible in some cases – to get your ballistics right, and hit where you want. Of course, you don’t always have to “hit” something. It can be good to know the distance to something without the need to destroy it sometimes.
L3Harris Technologies has now supplied over 3,000 STORM-SLX Precision Rangefinders to help the US Army find out the distance to different targets. STORM stands for Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted Micro-Laser Rangefinder – SLX.
The L3Harris STORM-SLX Laser Range finder incorporates an advanced erbium glass laser for reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP). The system also incorporates NIR and visible aim lasers, a NIR illumination laser with adjustable divergence, a high accuracy DMC, and an external GPS interface, providing the same features and functions as the current STORM-PI in a smaller, lighter, extended performance (SLX) package.
LONDONDERRY, N.H. Mar, 2020
-The 3,000th delivery milestone accomplished at the beginning of 2020
-STORM-SLX enables the soldier to locate and engage targets with better accuracy
-The company has delivered more than 17,000 STORM precision targeting systems in 15 years
L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) delivered the 3,000th STORM-SLX precision rangefinder to the U.S. Army earlier this year. The Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted laser rangefinder system with extended performance over it’s predecessor the STORM-PI, is the smallest U.S. Army qualified weapon-mounted laser rangefinder available to the dismounted soldier and is part of the L3Harris STORM family of precision targeting systems. The STORM family continues to be the only U.S. Army qualified laser rangefinders available for the dismounted soldier.
“Our STORM portfolio has supported the U.S. Army for more than 15 years, enabling the dismounted soldier to locate and engage targets with much greater accuracy, significantly improving overall mission effectiveness,” said Lynn Bollengier, President, Integrated Vision Solutions, L3Harris. “We are proud of the advantage our STORM family of precision targeting systems delivers to our soldiers and we continue to invest in next-generation technologies, like our STORM 2 rangefinder, to further increase that advantage.”
Our STORM 2 rangefinder will provide soldiers with enhanced performance at extended ranges during field maneuvers, surveillance and engagement, while enabling them to remain undetected during dismounted and vehicle-mounted missions. L3Harris received a seven-year, $215 million contract from the U.S. Army for STORM 2 in 2019.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries. L3Harris.com.
You can read the Press Release in full here.
The Range Performance of the STORM-SLX is the following according to specifications:
Range Performance – 7 km vis, 10 % target reflectance
Man – > 1000 m (0.5 x 1.75 m)
Tank – > 2000 m (NATO 2.3 x 2.3 m)
Max – 10,000 m (extended target)
What kind of range finder do you use? Laser? Milling? Tape measure?