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Self-Steering Bullets: New Technology Can Change Course Midair (Video)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 08:31 PM

Officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced Monday that new self-steering bullets hit moving targets during tests of the new technology.

The tests of the agency’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program were completed in February with footage released Monday in a YouTube video. Live-fire tests show the bullet course-correcting in midair.

The tests involved both an experienced shooter and a novice.

“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager, said in a statement about the self-steering 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.”

The bullet communicates wirelessly with the gun and uses tiny fins to steer, The Huffington Post reported.

It is hoped the new technology will keep troops safer by allowing them to stay farther away from their targets, and will compensate for weather and wind and movement, The Independent said.

Twitter users commented about the technology.











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