The U.S. Marine Corps looks to implementÂ a rifle-mounted laser range finder in 2018 as part ofÂ effortsÂ to helpÂ the service branch’s infantry squad leaders call in air strikes and artillery fire when they performÂ missions, C4ISR and Networks reported Sunday.
Shawn Snow writes the Marine Corps Systems Command currentlyÂ conducts aÂ market research and plans to investÂ $16 million to procureÂ 1,800 laser range finders.
TheÂ technology is designed to help users access information on distances and locations of targets that canÂ be engaged with heavy fire.
“The Marine Corps desires a smaller and lighter range finder for use in the infantry squad as it will be mounted on [the M4]Â and minimizing any addition to the individual combat load is always a prime consideration,” a MARCORSYSCOM representativeÂ was quoted as saying byÂ C4ISR and Networks.
Snow notedÂ that fielding new laser range finders mayÂ transform the approval process ofÂ air strikes or artillery fire missions, which he saidÂ currently goes throughÂ theÂ joint terminal attack controller process.