Digital Howitzer Sight

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28782
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen R. Smith
 (908) 274-0774
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The present fire control sights on U.S. howitzers are optical instruments that require manual leveling, manual input of fire commands, optical reference to a collimator or other reference point to determine weapon azimuth, and reference to a bubble vial for weapon elevation. This manual operation requires significant operator skill to accomplish in an accurate and timely manner, and requires additional verification to preclude accidentally firing on friendly units. As the Army moves to an increasingly Digitized battlefield, this present manual artillery fire control sight will be the limiting element in the requirement to conduct responsive, effective, and safe fire support. It is proposed that a Digital Howitzer Sight (DHS) be developed that can be retrofitted onto existing towed and self-propelled howitzers with minimal modification to the existing weapon. The DHS will provide for one-man-one-sight aiming and elevating of the howitzer (one man lay) and the optical sight should facilitate direct fire out to ranges of 2000 meters.

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