The U.S. Department of Defense agency DARPA announced the successful test of homing bullets that can hit moving targets.
A new video shows ammunition from DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program homing in on moving, accelerating, and evading targets with extreme accuracy.
The .50-caliber size rounds measure only one half-inch in diameter, and can be fired from machine guns and sniper rifles. Yet, they really act as miniature missiles.
These homing bullets clearly self-adjust in the video, as the green line represents the actual bullet path veering off its arch to hit the target. They are immune to external variables such as weather, wind, and target movement.
The process began in July 2014, when DARPA announced that they were transforming projectiles into miniature homing missiles. These new guided homing bullets were a result of that technology push.
In February 2015, the agency announced, “an experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets…Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first time hit a moving target.”
DARPA’s program manager, Jerome Dunn, stated, “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.”
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