Image Copyright: Joshua Edwards/U.S. Army
By Seth Robson
Copyright: Stars and Stripes
Dismounted troops soon will be able to use a lightweight laser target designator to call for accurate hits by GPS-guided rockets, mortars and artillery.
“They call this system the 'Eye of God,’” Scott McClellan, fire support branch chief at Fort Sill, Oklahoma’s Fires Center of Excellence, said of the newly fielded Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) 2H.
So-called “smart” munitions — which use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to guide themselves directly onto targets — have been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan and are credited with saving the lives of civilians on the battlefield by reducing collateral damage.