US military tests ‘self-steering’ bullets that can follow moving targets
The United States Department of Defense has carried out what it says is its most successful test yet of a bullet that can go round corners
How Exacto? Significant progress has been made in designing a guided bullet, designers claim Photo: Alamy
Self-steering bullets that can steer themselves towards a moving target have been tested by the US Department of Defense.
The bullet was developed by America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to “increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots”.
It has now been revealed a series of tests in February were successful, with even novices that were using the system for the first time able to hit moving targets.
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The project, which is known as Exacto, is thought to use small fins that shoot out of the bullet and re-direct its path, but the US has not disclosed how it works.
It only says that the programme has “developed new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art”.
The bullet features a real-time optical guidance system to direct it to its target by compensating for “weather, wind, target movement and other factors” that could prevent successful hits.
That should allow snipers to become much more accurate.
“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.
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