Pentagon: New Smart Bullets Can Hit Target a Mile Away

Friday, 11 Jul 2014 03:46 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The Department of Defense has confirmed that it has successfully tested the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets which can hit a target more than a mile away, according to The Daily Caller.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said that the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets swerved in midair to accurately strike targets not in a straight line from where the sniper rifle was aimed.

The bullets are four inches long and feature optical tips to detect laser beams shown on targets. They also have tiny fins, which are guided by smart technology inside the bullets to hit targets based on information from the tip sensors.

The bullets can strike a target accurately while accommodating for weather, wind, target movement, and other factors, according to DARPA. The bullets in the prototype were able to successfully strike targets from more 6,500 feet away.

"For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavorable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology," the agency said on its website.

"It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.

"The EXACTO .50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems."

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