Self-Aiming Sniper Rifle

DARPA and Lockheed Martin are developing a sniper rifle that, if successful, will partially aim itself:

It will measure atmospheric conditions, account for the weapon’s maximum effective range and include GPS coordinates. It’s also supposed to communicate with the rifle scope, informing the gun itself of the aim point offset and expected crosswind.

Link via Say Uncle | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user Lance Fisher used under Creative Commons license

Previously: New Long Distance Shot Record: 1.52 Miles Away

I've often wondered about a rifle with a thermal scope that would not fire unless it was pointed at a living target. You simply hold the trigger down and it'll go off at the optimal moment. You could do the same for an assault rifle, which would make it possible to clear a room without being able to see anything. Scary stuff, though.
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This is so shortsighted. The U.S. has the advantage in sniper warfare. It has the resources and expertise to train its snipers, but if they made a sniper rifle that didn't require extensive training to use then the gorilla forces they fight in Iraq and Afghanistan would have a powerful weapon to use against the U.S.. Eventually the weapon would fall into enemy hands or other countries like Russia would start exporting their own variety.
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