Watch out Taliban. The art of sniping is about to get a whole lot deadlier.
U.S. Army snipers could soon have access to a new .50-caliber bullet that would make them the most precise shooters on the planet.
The Defense Department is funding development of the EXACTO bullet, which can change directions mid-air. The bullet is fitted with a sensor which works in tune with a laser. The sniper aims the laser at his target, lighting it up. If the target moves or weather patterns change, the laser follows the target, and the bullet follows the guiding light.
The Defense Department’s research arm has recently released a video showing the bullet in action (see video below).
EXACTO stands for “extreme accuracy tasked ordnance.” The system, developed by Teledyne Scientific & Imaging with funding from the DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, greatly expands a shooter’s range.
The longest “hit” ever recorded by a sniper is 1.5 miles by a shooter from the United Kingdom. A shot at that range can take 3 seconds to reach its target and is extremely difficult because the trajectory of the bullet becomes even more sensitive to wind, rain, the earth’s gravitational pull and even humidity. But a sniper using EXACTO rounds could strike a target with relative ease from even further than 1.5 miles.
For military snipers, who usually work in teams of two, having a .50-caliber bullet with these type of capabilities would be a game-changer in places like Afghanistan or Iraq.
“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 a statement on its website.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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