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The Army's advanced new sights could end up leading to reckless shooting and fratricide, experts say
After more than 20 years of attempts, the U.S. Army is now equipping infantrymen with a sophisticated sighting system that allows them to accurately shoot around corners without exposing themselves to enemy fire. But this futuristic capability, some say, may come at the cost of proficiency and could even result in more friendly-fire casualties.
Using a technology known as Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA), soldiers can see their weapon sight reticle wirelessly transmitted from a new thermal sight on the M4A1 carbine into their thermally enhanced night vision goggles, allowing them to see and quickly shoot enemy targets -- day or night, from the hip or lying behind cover and shooting over a wall.
"It's hard to express how much of a game-changing technology this is for our soldiers on the battlefield," Brig. Gen. Anthony Potts, commander of Program Executive Office Soldier, said during a recent interview.
Army officials promise the RTA technology has performed well in soldier testing. But military experts warn that if the service isn't careful, it could lead to an overreliance on technology, degrading critical marksmanship skills over time and increasing the risks of fratricide that come with ambiguity in thermal-spectrum detection.
You've probably heard the phrase "new year, new you," but that takes on new meaning when it comes to the essential equipment of the U.S. military.
U.S. soldiers and Marines can expect to see a slew of new gear in their kits at the start of the next decade, from improved body armor to better sniper rifles and grenade launchers.
Here's a brief look at the fresh new gear headed downrange to U.S. infantry troops in the new year.
"We own the night" has remained the battle cry of American night vision dominance for decades. Now, U.S. Special Operations Command wants to take the U.S. military's capabilities to the next level.
A special request for information published by SOCOM in late October details an upcoming technology experimentation event focused on enhancing the commands Night Vision Electro-Optics capabilities through new tech, including what the command calls "True Color Night Vision and Fused Imagery Sensors."
'An insane game changer' — Soldiers are about to receive the Army's most advanced night vision goggles yet
Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division are just days away from becoming the first to get their hands on the most advanced night vision goggles the Army has fielded yet.
The Marine Corps is full speed ahead with the acquisition of a new helmet-mounted night vision system with one twist: grunts will no longer see green when they're in the field.