by David Crane
L-3 Brashear (Land Combat Systems division) is currently manufacturing and Marketing an optical Ground Fire Control System called the XM116 Small Arms Fire Control System II (SAFCS II) for the GDATP MK-19 Mod 3 GMG high-impulse/high-velocity 40mm grenade machine gun, FNH M2HB .50 BMG MG (heavy machine gun), and other small arms systems. The XM116 SAFCS II is supposed to provide military warfighters with a 75% hit probability vs. the 12% hit probability afforded by traditional "iron sights". According to L-3 Brashear’s marketing literature, the XM116 SAFCS II "increases weapon lethality day or night, through battlefield obscurants and at distances in excess of 1,500 meters.
increase their hit probability from 3% to 54% with a SAFCS II XM116 -outfitted MK-19 GMG in field tests. The system employs a 640×480 daylight sensor for aiding in daylight rangefinding, target engagment, and situational awareness, and utilizes an uncooled thermal sensor for night ops.