Self-guided bullets sound like something straight out of “The Terminator” have been designed, created, and work – they are now in the testing stages. The bullets being tested by the United States Government, are able to shoot and kill a moving target from long distances.
If the tests conducted by DARPA go well, we can expect to see these types of weapon accompaniments in the very near future. In testing so far, expert snipers were able to kill with ease, and even novice shooters’ kill rate improved.
The International Business Times reports:
In live-fire tests of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (Exacto) system .50-caliber bullet, expert snipers trained with the system were able to hit a moving target with relative ease. Novice snipers also had their accuracy improved using the Exacto bullet. The bullets adjust to wind and weather conditions as well as the movement of the target. Even a first-time shooter was incredibly accurate using the self-guided bullets.
“This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that Exacto is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds. Fitting Exacto’s guidance capabilities into a small .50-caliber size is a major breakthrough and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers,” Jerome Dunn, Darpa program manager, said in a statement.
Darpa’s Exacto project was designed to improve the range and accuracy of sniper weapon systems, and the bullets could increase the safety for the military involved in a standoff. Darpa’s Tactical Technology Office has been developing the Exacto program and is also responsible for anti-submarine warfare programs using unmanned vessels and the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (Alasa) program that could launch satellites within 24 hours.
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