The US Department of Defense has created a bullet capable of changing direction in mid-air. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is testing the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), a .50 calibre round designed to change direction to hit targets with high precision.
The bullet will significantly improve the ability of snipers as sight improvements like these would make a big difference. “The system combines a manoeuvrable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course”, said the description on the DARPA website.
Researchers are now testing the EXACTO technology in live firing situations to enhance and improve performance. New approaches and advanced capabilities are being developed by the EXACTO program to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems much more than what it is right now.
EXACTO is a bullet with a sensor system that works with the help of a highly sophisticated laser. A shooter is only required to light up their target, aim and fire away.
The bullet is capable of hitting the target even in the event of moving target, changes in the wind, or when there is the slightest change in weather.
A British soldier who killed two members of the Taliban in 2009 made the record for the longest shot ever fired. The shot was recorded at 1.54 miles (22.4km) by. Three seconds are all required for the bullet to hit its target at this distance. However, a sniper using EXACTO will be able to shoot a target with .50 caliber bullet much faster and with more accurate precision.