A new Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) electronic shot detection and location system recently passed its Government Acceptance Test (GAT).
The LOMAH system tracks rounds fired on or near targets to support Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) training strategies. The new system improves rifle range efficiency, increases training effectiveness, and saves time for commanders and Soldiers.
The LOMAH uses acoustic sensors to detect hits or misses on or within a two-meter radius of a target. Then sensors at the target emplacement relay the results to an android-based tablet at the firing point. LOMAH automatically triangulates the shot group to provide the shooter with corrective data.
“LOMAH will provide immediate feedback to Soldiers to help them improve their shooting skills,” said Matt Golden, Targetry Development Team Chief of TCM-Live at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
In the GAT at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the system successfully detected hits and misses for targets at 75 meters, 175 meters and 300 meters.
The ranges at Ft. Carson went to an automated scoring system in the early 1990s. It was awful. You could actually see the round hit the 50 meter target, the target would fall, and the system wouldn’t score it a hit.
This sounds a wee bit better. Further, it seems to be accurate enough to provide information on the exact placement of shots on a target. One major time suck on the range is zeroing the firers weapon. In the past, it involved having everyone fire three shots, clear the range, walk the 25 meters to the target, measure the shot group, walk back, go hot again, and fire another three rounds.
If the range can be kept hot, and adjustments made without having to walk back and forth, zeroing will be much quicker and easier.