U.S. Army testing new aim-stabilizing firearm

The U.S. Army began its first round of live fire testing on AimLock Stabilized Weapon Platform, which seeks to elevate accuracy through aim stabilization.

Developed by Aimlock Inc., a subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Scientific Laboratory out of Littleton, Colorado, AimLock’s system aids in target engagement, reducing target acquisition time as well as “shooter wobble” when firing from a standing position. Ultimately the gun hopes to improve combat readiness by removing human error entirely.

Using a complicated system of electromagnetic actuators, independent articulation of parts, and integrated software the rifle visually and physically corrects mistakes made by the operator.


AimLock’s first step in improving accuracy was to

change the way the rifle looked in order to minimize shooter contact with key components. The barrel and receiver are completely separate from the carriage that the operator uses to hold the rifle. The division minimizes the physical influence the shooter may have on the rifle during course of operation.

In addition, AimLock Stabilized Weapon Platform features electromagnetic actuators that redirect the rifle’s line of sight. Simply aiming the gun near the target will cause the system to automatically correct mistakes, creating a “snap to target” capability.

The rifle is also equipped with a camera mounted to the front of the rifle that collect real-time data. The system’s ballistic computer software then uses the information to determine the best course of action to correct the shooter’s aim, bringing him or her on target. All camera data is displayed either in a heads-up display or through the optic.

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