TrackingPoint, which says its smart-rifle technology can turn any rookie shooter into a crack marksman, is having that claim tested by the U.S. military.
The Army has bought six fire control systems from the Austin, Texas-based start-up and is considering further purchases, according to Oren Schauble, TrackingPoint's chief marketing officer.
The military is testing TrackingPoint's scope and trigger-kit technology by integrating them into its XM 2010 Sniper rifles, he said.
The extraordinary accuracy comes from a Linux computer built into the scope and sensors that allow precise shooting even in unfavorable conditions. Shooters "tag" a target while looking into the scope, and the computer shows them how to position the firearm before firing.
"This can give your average marksman an extended range with less training, which I think is the real value proposition they want," Schauble said. "It saves training time and ... ammunition."
Calls and emails to the division of the military that deals with experimental weapons systems were not returned.