Firearms have come a long way from the days of the musket and flintlock, but they’re also much more complicated and involve trade offs. In preparing for missions, soldiers are often forced to choose between a close quarter or a magnified sight for their assault rifles as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
Raytheon’s answer is its ELCAN Specter dual-field-of-view rifle sights that can not only switch easily between magnifications, but now includes a next-generation digital fire control system.
The ELCAN system has been around for a couple of years and includes the ELCAN Specter DR 1-4x sight that provides machine gunners with close-quarter and precision-fire capabilities, and the ELCAN Specter DR 1.5-6x sight intended for long-range precision fire. The latest versions were recently updated to be lighter weight, have a lower profile illumination switch and a less expensive battery with better life.
But now Raytheon says it can make soldiers into sharpshooters thanks to the ELCAN’s computerized fire control system to help them hit the target and hit it quickly.