The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video Monday showing the smart bullet changing trajectory midflight to track and hit a moving target.
Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, DARPA engineers plan to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.” DARPA officials said they want the 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology to “extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”
The program has entered Phase II of development, which includes “design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors,” according to DARPA.
Agency officials released video in July 2014 of its first round of successful testing that shows the bullet-adapting course after it’s fired from a sniper rifle.
The most recent test for moving targets was filmed Feb. 26 and can be viewed below.
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