All branches of the military are looking to improve a sniper’s performance through the implementation of technology.
In addition to field craft like land navigation, concealment and movement a sniper team, which generally consists of a sniper and a spotter, must possess marksmanship proficiency that allows them to place one shot in a target at the maximum effective range of the weapon platform. For a 7.62 x 51 that’s approximately 800 meters, 300 Winchester Magnum 1200 meters, 338 Lapua Magnum 1500 meters and 50 BMG 1800 meters.
To accomplish this goal, the sniper and spotter must work together to accurately determine range to the target, assess wind direction and wind velocity, assess environmental variables that include temperature, barometric pressure and humidity. The spotter team must also anticipate the target’s direction and speed of movement. All of these factors result in one windage and elevation setting that will deliver the projectile and defeat the target. At ranges of 300 meters and more the probability of a successful “one shot one kill” rapidly diminishes in practical application.
PGF technology integrates sensors, computation and the weapon system to greatly improve the possibility of a consistent one shot one kill at the maximum effective range of the weapon platform in use. Readers should understand even though PGF technology enhances the probability of a hit at the maximum effective range, there are no guarantees; for example, a 7.62 x 51 (.308) round takes ~ 1.6 seconds to travel 1000 meters. In ballistic time, 1.6 seconds is a long time and a lot can happen to the projectile as it travels that distance. PGF is a tool and not intended to substitute core competencies, ever.