The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA for fans of acronyms has done something that could change the way wars are fought forever. They’ve created a bullet that actually follows its target until impact.
The bullets turn and change direction in mid flight, following their target, even when the target is accelerating.
The .50 caliber ammunition can change direction AFTER being fired through the use of its “real-time optical guidance system.”
“For military snipers, 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. “It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.”
These bullets have actually moved far beyond the point of being idea and theory and have actually been tested and deemed a success. The live fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed the bullet hitting a moving target with “extreme” accuracy. The bullet’s caliber is currently .50 but it’s believed that they will eventually be able to fit into most rifles.