Watch the US Military’s Self-Steering Bullet Hit Its Targets
Scientists have long been trying to build a more precise gun and design a more accurate munition. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) can now claim to have one of the most, if not the most, accurate bullets around – it’s self-steering. Known as the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance program, or EXACTO, the project kick started development of a self-maneuvering bullet in order to increase sniper accuracy and efficiency at long distances. For snipers, engaging a moving target isn’t ideal, especially not at long range where a miss could spotlight one’s position. EXACTO’s recent live-fire tests confirm its impressive ability to not let that type of thing happen. RELATED: The GuardBot robot ball could be the US military's next big drone
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During the tests, both expert and novice shooters were able to take aim and fire at moving targets, with the tracking system taking over if the bullet wandered off target. In some cases, the bullet – noted to be a .50-caliber round fired from a standard rifle – compensated quite drastically to home in on the targets.
Once fired, real-time optical guidance systems fitted into the bullet tracked and adjusted the .50-cal’s trajectory, compensating for both weather and target movement. “Fitting EXACTO’s guidance capabilities into a small .50-caliber size is a major breakthrough,” mentioned Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager, “and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers.”
DARPA didn’t reveal much more about its implementation or expected battlefield deployment, though upcoming testing was noted to be in the “refinement” stages.
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