Sharpshooting just got easier


The award was presented by Minister for Science & Technology Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi last week at the culmination of the programme which was jointly organised by the Department of Science and Technology and Lockheed Martin USA.

According to Dr P T Ajithkumar, president and lead scientist of Light Logics, the conventional red dot sights and laser sights which were being used now had a very limited field of view because of its tubular vision.

The “Next generation Holographic Weapon Sight’’ developed by the company enabled sharpshooting in a “tactical engagement area’’. The hologram when illuminated with a laser beam produced a distant virtual image of a tiny spot covered by a circle.  “The soldier looks through the ‘Sight’ fixed on the gun and uses this image to easily aim the target,’’ he said.  
Ajithkumar said that the new technology was tested by DRDO and optimisation was done for two years. “The field level testing was jointly done by DRDO and Indian Army and the results were successful. The new ‘Sight’ was an innovation on this and claims to have advanced features including 100 per cent diffraction efficiency and better battery life.
The IIGP sifted through 500 innovative ideas from across the country and shortlisted them after six months of scrutiny. The commercial feasibility of the technologies was also conducted  by the IC2 Institute, University of Texas in association with FICCI.
Ajithkumar said his technology owed its success to the technology business incubator (TBI) facility at Technopark.

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