Integrated Ballistic Engine And Mount (IBEAM)
The Integrated Ballistic Engine And Mount (IBEAM) is the result of an integration effort in which the major components of fire control are brought together into a seamless system. The key is the ballistic computer chipset developed by Applied Ballistics, which makes use of onboard atmospheric as well as directional (compass), incline, cant and GPS sensors. This small purpose designed chipset runs the full Applied Ballistics solver including custom drag curves and ballistic calibration.
Discontinued and replaced with the Rapid Engagement Module 100/200
With all environmental, directional and positional inputs being continuously monitored by the onboard sensors, the only remaining input is range. Range input is intended to come from a STORM, RULR, RAPTAR, and PLRF Laser Range Finder (LRF), but can also be input manually via the keypad. With this fully integrated fire control solution, shooters can engage targets without ever coming out of the scope to consult PDA’s, atmospheric measurements, rangefinders, etc. Time to engage is dramatically reduced and combat effectiveness enhanced.
IBEAM was concepted with direct input from the military sniper community. Every aspect of its design is specifically intended to enhance the effectiveness of snipers in combat. The 34mm base-ring set mounts a day optic at the height required to properly align with night vision devices. The ballistic computer module mounts to the base-ring set, but is detachable, and in now way hinders the basic use of the optic or sight adjustments. In other words, IBEAM provides a convenient solution to fire control, but the weapon does not rely on the computer in any way. The on-board accelerometers measure incline for look-up or look-down shots, and that metric is fed directly into the ballistic fire solution. Accelerometers also drive the anti-cant display which functions as a visual level which is important for long range engagements. The on-board compass measures the direction of the shot (azimuth) and the GPS chip detects the shooters location. These two sensory inputs allow for direct calculation of Coriolis effect which is accounted for in the ballistic solution. On-board atmospheric sensors include: temperature, pressure and humidity which are all continuously monitored to update the fire solution based on the selected weapon/ammo profile.
Bullet drag modeling options include BC’s referenced to the G1 or G7 standard, as well as custom drag models developed in the Applied Ballistics Laboratory with instrumented live fire testing. Weapon/ammunition profile management can be done on the device, or via the desktop profile management software. The profile management software is the same as used for the ABREM and AB Kestrel unit which makes it easy to transition between devices.
IBEAM has been tested by several active duty sniper units and modifications made to it’s design according to user feedback. Use-ability, accuracy, and connectivity have all been outstanding. When combined with a compatible weapon mounted LRF, the IBEAM unit is a highly effective approach to integrated fire control for modern sniper weapon systems.
Availability – Discontinued
IBEAM was replaced with the Rapid Engagement Module or REM: Rapid Engagement Module 100/200