New marksmanship system shows its benefits at Sniper School
November 1, 2013
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A recent demonstration of a new marksmanship training system showed how it helps sniper students and their instructors.
At the Fort Benning, Ga., Sniper School, instructors requested the demonstration after seeing the new Location of Miss and Hit system at other Fort Benning ranges.
LOMAH uses sensors to detect hits or misses on an attached target. Then sensors at the target emplacement relay the results to android-based tablets at the shooter's location. LOMAH has the ability to triangulate the shot group and provide the shooter and coach with corrective sight adjustment data. The LOMAH system can be set to provide shot group data in either inches or centimeters.
LOMAH systems have been provided to some installations for Basic Rifle Marksmanship training. LOMAH is overseen by the TRADOC Capability Manager-Live, which is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center -- Training, Fort Leavenworth.
During the Sniper School demonstration, a student and spotter team engaged an E-Type silhouette at more than 500 meters.
"At the demonstration, LOMAH depicted the correct bullet strike location more precisely than the student spotter using current techniques," said Dennis Terry, senior training analyst. "The NCO in Charge saw the benefit this system provides and is eager to use this system that will ensure both instructors and students are calling shot locations accurately."
Terry added that the LOMAH system provides a capability to more effectively prepare instructors and shooters alike while establishing a more efficient and all-encompassing training process.
LOMAH, if used properly, reduces ammunition usage. If the spotter does not see the trace of a round fired by the sniper, the sniper must shoot additional rounds until the spotter sees the trace and relays the location data to the sniper. LOMAH identifies poor techniques more quickly quicker so the trainer can correct flaws without expending additional ammunition, Terry said.
The system also reduces training time and increases throughput capabilities, making for more effective and efficient training events.
Terry said Benning's Sniper School is scheduled to receive a LOMAH system in the near future that will include an additional LOMAH system component called a box LOMAH, a target frame with sensors.
Both LOMAH systems being provided to the Sniper School will be standalone systems that do not require range infrastructure to operate and will be portable to allow leaders to use the systems on any live fire range
"LOMAH will help accurately gather correct data from the previous engagements," Terry said. "Once Sniper School leaders get through the research and development phase of this process, they will refine the Army Sniper School and the home station sniper sustainment training strategy."
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