Soldiers who eliminate enemy objectives with bombs, missiles and artillery can soon ditch their heavy targeting equipment for new, lighter technology that streamlines plotting and speeds up fire missions.
The Joint Effects Targeting System — a lightweight, all-weather location module — could be fielded to soldiers across the Army as soon as October. Over the summer, soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery’s 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment tested the equipment’s ability to be dropped from aircraft, then assembled on the battlefield.
“We didn’t have a system that every forward observer could use that was man-portable — especially in Afghanistan in the mountains,” said Capt. Eric Munn, assistant product manager for the target equipment. “Let’s give them something that weights 5.5 pounds so they can carry it around and do their job a lot better.”
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