Ever since mankind invented the projectile weapon, we've wanted a way to stay in control after it's been fired. Obviously that's never happened, leading to plenty of wasted effort from a soldier's point of view. Those situations may not be the norm for long, thanks to DARPA's steerable bullet.
Following on from bullets that alter course in mid-air, and ones that self correct their own trajectory, the steerable bullet let's a soldier direct where the bullet will go. This enabled novices to hit moving targets, whilst expert shooters were able to hit targets who were actively evading fire.
Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager, said:
True to DARPA's mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-calibre bullet to target.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. Fitting EXACTO's guidance capabilities into a small .50-calibre size is a major breakthrough and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibres."
DARPA is currently working on improving accuracy of the bullets, but so far there's no word on when they'll be deployed in actual combat. Never the less, war just got slightly more terrifying. [DARPA via Engadget]