Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Marine Corps Systems Command has begun fielding a new optic that improves shooter accuracy at longer distances, the branch announced.
The Squad Common Optic, a magnified day optic comprising an illuminated and non-illuminated aim-point designed to improve target acquisition and probably of hit, according to Marine Corps Systems Command.
The optic, fielding of which started in January, can be attached to the M4 and M4A1 Carbine, as well as the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle.
"The Squad Common Optic provides an improved day optic to infantry and infantry-like communities, including reconnaissance units," Tom Dever, project officer for Combat Optics at MCSC, said in a press release.
"It's a system that improves situational awareness and decreases engagement times, greatly benefiting Marines," Dever said.
The SCO, which went from program designation to fielding in just 16 months, will supplement the attrition and replacement of the Rifle Combat Optic and the Squad Day Optic for close-combat Marines.
"Having an optic that can reach out to longer distances will ultimately make the Marine a more lethal first-shot shooter," said Roger Boughton, MCSC's lead engineer for the SCO program. "This means they can use less rounds to overwhelm an enemy."