Pentagon Confirms Successful Test Of Self-Guided Bullets

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 02:06 PM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  disclosed the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets.

On July 10, the agency issued a statement and posted a video on YouTube showing the bullets "maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed."

The tests were conducted by the agency's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program on Feb. 24, 2014.

According to EXACTO's website, the bullets would enable military snipers to hit moving targets in conditions such as in Afghanistan where "high winds and dusty terrain" pose challenges to carrying out their duties.

"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," according to the website.

According to Tech Times, Sandia National Labs carried out testing of a similar guided bullet in 2012 but its use of laser beams to target the bullets made it ineffective in cloudy conditions. However, like drones, which first had military use, the paper reports that Sandia plans to make its system commercially available soon.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Probe Begins in Fatal Shooting of Boy by Officer

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 10:27 AM

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, trigger . . .

Ferguson Churches to Serve As Sanctuary for Protesters, Residents

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 09:23 AM

With anticipation and tensions increasing as a grand jury prepares to announce whether to indict a police officer in the . . .

Business Chiefs: Obama's Immig. Order Kills Chance of Quality Reform

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 08:12 AM

Business leaders have slammed President Obama's executive order of amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying it "undermined . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved