Superdart Projectile Location System

When positioned at the base of a target on a live firing range, the Superdart system electronically detects and locates supersonic projectiles passing overhead. The

LOCATION OF MISSES AND HITS (LOMAH)

TARGET AND DETECTOR BAR

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SHOT

SCORE

1

0

2

3

3

S

A

1-RIC. H.

5

0

6

3

7

0-RIC. M.

8

0

9

0

10

TOTAL

12

TARGET AND DETECTOR BAR

VIDEO DISPLAY UNIT

Positioned at the base of a silhouette target (A) on a pop-up mechanism (B), the Superdart system's detector bar (C) senses a supersonic projectile (D) passing overhead. The projectile's Shockwave (E) is triangulated from three sensors (F, G, & H), while a fourth sensor (I) helps to calculate projectile velocity. Locations of hits and misses are presented on a video display unit at the firing point. Ricochet hits and misses are detected if their velocities remain supersonic.

precise location of each projectile, whether a hit or a miss (up to 5m from the target), is then visually displayed to the shooter at the firing point. Using Australian soldiers, ARI conducted an experimental evaluation of the training effectiveness of the Superdart system, before such technology was commercially available in the U.S.27 Soldiers receiving enhanced feedback via the Superdart system achieved significantly higher levels of marksmanship performance than soldiers receiving only the usual hit-miss feedback associated with pop-up target engagement.

Subsequently, the U. S. Army equipped a field fire range at Fort Jackson with this technology, where it has been used in the downrange feedback portion of BRM training. At Fort Jackson, initial entry soldiers receive immediate feedback on their marksmanship performance, without having to actually walk downrange. Over the years, ARI has advocated this kind of technology to provide both students and instructors with the precise and timely performance feedback necessary for the effective acquisition of marksmanship skills. ARI has also recognized its value as a measurement instrument for evaluating the performance of weapons, ammunition, equipment, tactical employment techniques, and training strategies.

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