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CommonSense 'Outside-the-Box' Design Studios Ltd. is happy to announce the latest design in software upgrades for use in all ranges of space vessels. SniperLock software allows for more accurate targeting by enabling longer dwell times on targets. This OXP authored by CommonSenseOTB Dec. 17, 2011.


SniperLock software acts as an intermediary between you and your ship. When you have a great shot lined up on your currently selected target, in either the forward view or the aft view, the software temporarily takes micro-control over the ships attitude thrusters to keep the ship lined up on target. The override lasts for a fraction of a second and provided the pilot continues to aim, the software can then re-lock again and again. The pilot may override the lock-on by simply pushing slightly on the pitch or yaw controls. The best way to use this software upgrade is not to think about it. Fly and aim normally and the system will automatically micro-correct any minor misalignment in your aim. Fire a laser burst at the beginning of each lock-on for most effective results. SniperLock software is not perfect and there may be a slight lag as the target is tracked. Sudden evasive movements and fuel injecting by the target may break the lock-on. Also, due to liability issues, the software will only initiate lock-on with targets over 5km distant to avoid the possibility of collisions. SniperLock software and control interface works with most other targetting systems and heads-up-displays. Any odd behaviour should be reported to the software arm of CommonSense 'Outside-the-Box' Design Studios Ltd., of which SniperLock is a wholly owned subsidiary.

When you want to keep the bad guys out of arms reach, get SniperLock. Legal in all 8 sectors.


For those with drifting joysticks, disabilities, unnaturally poor aim, and for other reasons, you now have the option of adjusting how accurate you have to aim to get a lock, how much force you have to apply to the controls to force an unlock, and how long the lock will last.

SniperLock Plus

An upgrade version, SniperLock Plus, has become available to deal with the issue of off-centre weapons.

Standard SniperLock aligns the centreline of the ship with the centre of the target. If the weapon mount in that facing is offset from the centre line more than the target's "thickness" in the offset direction, that will guarantee a miss. With Standard SniperLock, the only recourse for those ships would be to roll the ship so the target's widest dimension is aligned with the offset direction.

SniperLock Plus takes into account the weapon mount offset and aligns the weapon position with the target's centre.

Equipment Details


SniperLock Plus

  • Tech Level - 13.
  • Cost - 1500 credits, with a rebate of SniperLock price if installed.
  • Required Equipment to operate - Scanner Targeting Enhancement.

OXP Requirements

  • Oolite version 1.75.3+ due to CTD frame callback issues in previous oolite versions.
  • Sniperlock software requires scanner targetting enhancement to be installed to operate.
  • Can be used with most HUD/heads-up-display systems.
  • Works in either Forward view or Aft view mode.
  • Compatible with target tracker.
  • No dependancies.


SniperLock is available on the Expansion Manager and here: SniperLock v1.0

SniperLock Plus is available on the Expansion Manager an here: SniperLock Plus v1.0.2