Controlling Navy’s Anti-terrorist Weapon System Comes Easily to Gamers

The U.S. Navy is equipping some of its vessels with Israeli-made Mini-Typhoon 12.7mm remotely controlled machine-guns.

The 370-pound system, which can be fired by an operator in a remote location, holds 230 rounds, sufficient for 25 seconds of rat-tat-tat. Strategy Page notes that the weapon is an effective defense against small boats such as those used by suicide bombers.

So, who might the Navy turn to for Mini-Typhoon duty? Gamers, reports Strategy Page:

The Mini-Typhoon uses a day/night vidcam and a stabilizer. The remote operator has an automatic target tracker, and can easily hit small boats two kilometers away… Operators with video game experience can be quickly trained to operate the weapon.

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    DarkSaber says:

    But does the turret have regenerating health? Most modern gamers won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole otherwise, because it would be ‘too frustrating’.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Valdearg says:

    Though I’m not familiar with this particular technology, I know that a lot of other remotely operated tech in the military uses modified Xbox360 controllers. I’d imagine that would really be all you need to operate something like this.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    My god jack thompson was right!!! Ha! Not often that those words are spoken. I just wanted to screw with his vanity googling.


    It sounds like anyone with hand eye coordination and a brain that can grasp deflection shooting could do it. I think they need to be more specific about the hardware, are you controlling it with a gamepad, a keyboard/mouse/joystick or a wiimote? Since it’s remote controlled, I hope the interface is moddable, I’d want shooting the weapon to produce a sound effect like the weapon in Space Invaders and if there’s a particularly big terrorist boat (Or perhaps "aquatic technical" will be the official term) it should sound like the mothership

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    Verbinator says:

    Queue up the anti-government, anti-war, anti-military, anti-viedo game outrage and protests.

    Personally, I think this is pretty cool. Unless you’re being targeted by the weapons system.


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