A sniper bullet which can change course mid-air to hit a moving target has been shown off by the US military. Video of the Exacto bullet in action has been described as the “most successful” demonstration of the bullet to date. It is seen striking a moving target while adjusting for factors like wind and weather conditions.
The live-fire tests of the bullet took place in February 2015. The footage shows the bullet successfully hitting a moving target regardless of whether the shooter was experienced or a novice. Each bullet has fins to steer itself through the air, as well as an onboard computer to control its movement.
The technology has been designed by Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part of the US Department of Defence. Programme manager Jerome Dunn said:
“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.”
The agency says the technology will help snipers to better protect troops and may “revolutionise rifle accuracy”.