The U.S. Marine Corps has been using the new optics since January. Squad Common Optic (SCO), which aims to increase the accuracy of infantry rifles, enables the identification of targets from long and short distances. The SCO can be attached to the M4 and M4A1 Carbine and the M27 Infantry Rifle.
The system will increase situational awareness and also reduce the number of shells marines will use against a potential enemy. The SCO’s design was said to be “Sailor-friendly” and had a load-relieving mounting part for removing or replacing the optic.
The system, which was developed in about 16 months, was started to be used in the field after tests. The new optics are expected to reach full operational capability next year.