The U.S. Army is seeking wind-detecting technologies that could be used to help snipers improve their accuracy, NextGov reports.
Currently, military snipers use handheld anemometers or other methods such as the movement of grass or trees in order to gauge wind speeds.
To improve snipers’ ability to gauge wind speed, the Army wants electronic devices that can be integrated into firearms and help snipers fire on target.
The sensing device should be battery-operated and capable of being mounted on a weapon to measure wind speed from a distance of 800 to 1,500 meters, the Army said.
The program is open for solicitation proposals May 24 and will close June 27, the report notes.
The Army has also issued a solicitation asking developers to find out whether gaming technologies can be used to monitor helicopter operator gestures and movements.