Two military research labs have been racing to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first-ever guided bullets – a technology that could potentially give any hunter sniper skills, if made public.
In February tests, a 4-inch-long prototype from Sandia Labs demonstrated it can change direction in flight and hit a target more than a mile away, thanks to an optical sensor in its nose and fins for guidance. The sensor locates a laser trained on a distant target, while the bullet’s brains process the data and steer the fins.
But the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) has also been quietly conducting testing of its own bullet, EXACTO — the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance – due to deliver results as soon as September, FoxNews.com has learned.
The Pentagon research arm’s ambitious aim is a guided .50 caliber bullet that will introduce unprecedented accuracy at extremely long ranges, unhampered by crosswinds or a moving target.
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