Navy Networks Ship's Gunnery Systems

Navy Networks Ship's Gunnery Systems
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A U.S Navy surface warfare officer has invented a helmet system that could help revolutionize warship gunnery operations, according to service officials.

Lt. Robert McClenning's Unified Gunnery System concept is an augmented reality (AR) helmet that fuses information from a ship's gunnery liaison officer and weapons system into an easy-to-interpret visual format for the gunner manning a naval gun system, Navy officials said.

McClenning, a training officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 101) USS Gridley, said the way the information sharing and authorization to fire is currently done--via decades-old radios and sound-powered phones–is hard to hear the chatter over the din of machine guns and through the required ear protection.

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