POTD: U.S. Marines with Laser Beams

    Next-Generation Handheld Targeting System

    If you don’t know the distance to your target, it’s not impossible but difficult to hit it in most cases. Above you see U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Robert Rogers, a combat engineer officer with 3rd Maintenance Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Group, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, as he fires an M4 carbine. It’s a pretty cool image with gun smoke and a visible red laser, just the way I think most of our readers like our POTDs to be. The location is Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 16, 2022.

    While we have your attention: In another event, at U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, we have Marines peering through the prototype of the Next-Generation Handheld Targeting System. It looks like a pretty large “device”, but is most likely quite useful in spotting and targetting accurately. If I could, I would like to review one, and call in a few A-10 Warthogs just to see if it worked.

    The Next-Generation Handheld Targeting System, or NGHTS, is an innovative, man-portable targeting system allowing Marines to rapidly and accurately conduct target location and laser guidance during combat operations.

    Below: Lance Cpl. Dwight Amos peers through a prototype version of the Next-Generation Handheld Targeting System, March 2021.


    Photo source: U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Sydni Jessee and Tonya Smith (1, 2)

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