WASHINGTON, D.C. – After more than 10 years of technology and product development, AimLock, which is based in Littleton, Colorado and specializes in bringing intelligent fire control systems and semi-autonomous, precision-targeting technology to the battlefield, is making its work public at the 2021 AUSA conference in Washington, D.C.
Subsequently, AimLock is rolling out their new suite of remote combat systems, which can be used for an array of weaponry, including light, medium, and heavy machine guns, as well as small-caliber and medium-range rifles and carbines.
Utilizing their proprietary CORE precision targeting computer system, AimLock’s weapon stabilization systems allow users to semi-autonomously detect, classify, and track targets all while automatically calculating the best firing solutions, whether in a stable position or on the move. This technology drastically shortens engagement time and increases hit probability for AimLock customers by maintaining target lock during crucial engagement decisions.
“Shooting moving targets is difficult and requires great skill, but shooting moving targets while you’re also on the move is nearly impossible for all but the most skilled shooters,” said Bryan Bockmon, president and CEO of AimLock. “Our precision auto-targeting systems make these shots possible in a multitude of scenarios, including shooting a rifle from a helicopter or shooting a remote weapons station mounted on a ground vehicle, boat, or even unmanned aerial and ground systems. This tactical advantage has the potential to help reduce or eliminate troop casualties on the battlefield.”
The stabilization system, which can be applied to almost any existing firearm, adjusts the direction of the entire firearm. In individual applications, the weapon is robotically stabilized inside of an exoskeleton while the system’s computer simultaneously keeps track of both the target and the weapon’s aim using actuators to autocorrect the firearm and continuously compensate for unintended movement and aiming errors.
In short, AimLock technologies will provide soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and guardians a substantial advantage of shooting faster and more precisely in even the most tumultuous and complex scenarios, whether it be defending a ground position or providing air support.
“Whether it’s helping a squad of soldiers take down a hostile enemy sentry drone or Coast Guardsmen shoot out a go-fast’s engines during counter drug or migrant interdiction operations, our weapons systems will undoubtedly change the course of warfare and homeland security forever,” said Bockmon.
AimLock weapon systems being introduced to the public for the first time include the R-M1, R-S1 and I-M1, with new systems continually in development for later release.
The R-M1 is a semi-autonomous remote weapon station designed for medium machine gun weapons currently supporting belt-fed 7.62 NATO and .338 NM platforms. This system features day and night sensors, laser range-finding, active stabilization, autonomous target detection, classification and tracking, and quick-release mounts for air-deployments. The R-M1 can detect and track small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), as well as vehicles and enemy combatants.
The R-S1 is a miniature stabilized remote weapons station equipped with a small-caliber rifle or machine gun, and can be mounted to a tripod, small drone, unmanned helicopter or robotic ground vehicle. This weapon system can be used in a multitude of scenarios, from a remote-controlled sniper overwatch to an air-to-air counter against enemy drone weapons.
The I-M1 is a lightweight and stabilized auto-targeting chassis designed for medium-ranged rifles. The I-M1 allows the shooter to hit static and mobile targets from a moving platform, such as a helicopter. Once fitted into the AimLock exoskeleton and activated, the weapons system begins detecting and tracking desired target profiles, continuously re-aiming the weapon to maintain ideal shot placement and corrects human error.