Annex F. Special Operations Technology
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


3. Advanced Vision Devices, Sensors, Fire Controls for SOF Weapons, and Human Sensory Enhancement and Performance Amplification Equipment

Technologies that should have the potential to enable the individual SOF operator, driver, pilot, or crew member to significantly improve their ability to detect threats and avoid obstacles in both favorable and inclement weather and environment conditions. Technologies should improve the ability to detect, identify, track, and maintain surveillance of threats (weapons systems, personnel, installations, sensors, emitters, targets, etc.). Technology should be capable of multi-spectral detection (radar, thermal, infrared, acoustic, visual) and be adaptable to both man-portable and mobility platform uses. The technology should not detrimentally interfere with normal sensory functions of hearing, smell, or sight. Sensor technology should provide enhanced sensory capabilities in night, fog, precipitation, smoke, dust, etc. Technologies should also improve range, magnification, field of view, and resolution during periods of both good and limited visibility. Technologies should encourage the ability to increase information and intelligence awareness. Any such technology should demonstrate potential for integration into all applicable planned system acquisitions.

Proposed technologies should significantly increase the capability, speed, and accuracy of SOF operators to acquire and engage targets--in all environmental and visibility conditions--using current and proposed SOF individual, crew-served, and platform-mounted weapon systems. Technologies should demonstrate adaptability to man-portable systems with all-weather capabilities, reliability, sustainability, and maintainability in field conditions. Technologies must possess the ability to process a full ballistic solution in near real-time; have variable power optic/sensors; and provide day, night, and limited visibility capabilities.