Technological advances in weaponry have increased exponentially over the years, however, this newest advancement tops the cake. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) self-guiding bullet could benefit both expert shooters and those who could use improvement.
The .50 caliber ammunition has the ability to change direction in flight, and can even follow its target. Furthermore, despite acceleration from your moving target, the bullet will continue to pursue the target. This takes place due to a built in “real time optical guidance system.”
“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,” DARPA said. “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.”
“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager. “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 open the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers.”
While they may sound like something off of a blockbuster action movie, they are immensely cooler in reality. Watch the following video, and see for yourself. One thing that can be said for this new technology, is that it is a complete game changer. Even the most advanced marksman can’t anticipate which way a target will move, or direct their bullet to follow their movements. Now, this fact will no longer matter, as they won’t have to. The bullet will take care of that for the shooter, leaving all the guesswork in the past.