In what can be termed as a noticeable success for the open source world, US Army has purchased smart rifles, that are powered by Linux, for its soldiers.
TrackingPoint, an Austin, TX based applied technology company, has revealed that the US military has purchased six ‘smart’ rifles, priced between $10,000 and $27,000. With this rifle, a soldier just needs to tag a target, that is seen on the screen, found on the gun’s scope. The Linux powered computer fitted within the gun will then tell the shooter how to hold the gun and when to press the trigger to hit the target accurately.
Here’s a video that shows how the advanced Linux-powered rifle really works and trust us, it is absolutely amazing. According to the video, it is a durable product but we wonder how well will it be able to survive the real battlefield conditions. This rifle is a clear example of how flexible and powerful Linux is. Our favourite open source technology can be used in almost everything.
You can see the video here