By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 3, 2017
Last updated on 8/10/17.
Well, it took us a little while to get this one up, but better late than never, and we’re really happy to do it, since the primary product we’re discussing, the Kestrel Ballistics 5700 Elite Weather Meter with LiNK and Applied Ballistics, potentially represents a revolutionary breakghrough for an integrated ballistics solution for long-range precision rifle shooting/sniping. Assuming it works as advertised, it’s potentially the most important and impressive ballistic computing tool ever created, in DefenseReview’s (DR) opinion. If so, it’s REALLY impressive, and one serious peice of ballistic computing badassery. The secondary product, the Kestrel DROP D3 Ballistics, is also quite interesting and potentially important in its own right. It’s just that the Kestrel Ballistics 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics is SO impressive, that it takes up a lot of oxygen. It’s seemingly really fantastic.
DR came across both products at NDIA SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2016, and Nielsen-Kellerman/Kestrel Ballistics President and CEO Alix James was kind enough to take us through them in some pretty fine detal, which we’ve transcribed from the video below. Read through it, and then watch the video. It’s pretty educational. DR will now kick it over to Ms. James who explained both products to us rather eloquently for an impromptu demo, and frankly explained them better than we ever could.
On the Kestel Ballistics 5700 Elite Weather Meter with LiNK and Applied Ballistics wind/weather meter and ballistic computer:
“This is the Kestrel Ballistics 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, which is a mouthful, but this is an integrated environmental monitoring instument. It measures wind speed, temperature, humidity, pressure, direction and air density, all of which are very relevant to the flight path of a bullet. We combine that with a built-in ballistic solver, and a ballistic solver takes all that environmental information, plus information you input about your gun and the bullet characteristics you’re shooting, and it allows you to determine the elevation and wind hold you need to hit a target at distances out to a mile, and even beyond. This is a very advanced ballistic solver. It includes access to custom-measured prediction curves for certain bullets. It’s extremely powerful. It’s also app-supported. [It] gives you on iOS or Android platforms a remote view, including a multi-target solution view, and also allows you to manage and back up your gun profiles.”
On the Kestrel DROP D3 Ballistics:
“This is the Kestrel DROP D3, and this is a little wireless environment monitor. It’s a data logger and a transmitter, so it measures temperature, humidity and pressure, and outputs density altitude, as well. Lots and lots of uses for this thing, from just monitoring an additonal monitor point during a shooting day. Easy to just have hanging off your backpack. You can also use it for ammo storage, monitoring reloading conditions, monitoring your heat safety on a hike. Super easy to set up. You just connect it to the iOS or Android app. It’s gonna’ give you a real-time view of every single measurement, and also download the history. You can email historical data, so it’s good for reporting. It’s a very powerful tool, and this is only $179 [USD]retail. And, the fully-loaded Kestrel Elite with the wireless communication is $709 [USD] MAP price.”
It of course goes without saying that Defense Review would love to T&E (Test and Evaluate) and review these products at a future long-range precision rifle shooting/sniping course–but we’re saying it anyway. Awesome products.
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