Cubic Corp., the San Diego based defense contractor and maker of mass transit fare collection systems, said it was awarded a $6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon’s research and development unit.

The contract calls for the development of a next generation sniper scope system. “This field-deployable system is compact enough to have the option of mounting on the rifle or the spotter-scope, enabling military snipers to rapidly hit their targets at maximum effective ranges of weapons more accurately under crosswind conditions,” according to Cubic.

The main factor the system is designed to address is the measure of crosswind between the shooter and target, the company said.

“If military snipers could neutralize enemy targets with a single round, they could potentially save many lives,” said Steve Sampson, vice president of advanced programs for Cubic’s Defense Applications business.