"Dodging a bullet" may be history with the development of a self-steering bullet by the US military last week. These bullets of 0.50-caliber projectiles are laced with optical sensors that make them deliver results with miraculous accuracy. They passed all possible live-fire tests that declared them to be up to date. Moving and evading tests subjects were targeted in the tests conducted by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Though the tests employed experienced shooters shooting at moving targets, yet the system was powerful enough to enable even a novice shooter to hit a moving and evading target with accuracy. This adds to the realisation that one does not have to be an experienced and able shooter to hit a target with the gun.
The experiment was conducted using a .50-caliber smart bullet, but the guidance capabilities of DARPA's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) are sought to be incorporated in bullets of other calibers. This is certainly going to be a new world of guided projectiles where it is going to be difficult to miss a target.
The development comes at a time when it has been realised that bullets fired from a gun make sharp turns on the way to their targets quite like the dillemma shown in animated movies. Such twists and turns are to be made history with the latest invention. These smart bullets are also going to be a great help to those trying to shoot targets surrounded by winds blowing at a high speed. Such high speed winds deflect the path of the bullet.
The EXACTO program aims at providing shooters with a level playing field. Shooting targets as a distance with accuracy is going to be easier now. It is also going to boost the safety of the American troops.