“Is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy.”
DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, self-steering bullet technology designed increase hit rates for long-distance shots, underwent a successful round of live fire tests.
Completed in February and revealed this week, the live-fire tests involved an experienced shooter and a first-time user repeatedly hit evading targets. The video below demonstrates how the EXACTO rounds successfully manoeuvred in flight to hit accelerating targets.
The EXACTO program, initially demonstrated last July, was developed to improve the range, accuracy and efficiency of snipers in challenging environments, such as “high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan.”
The maneuverable bullet and real-time guidance system “guides projectiles to targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that can impede successful hits.” According to DARPA, the tech also reduces the risk of putting troops in danger from missed shots giving away their position.
“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager. “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-caliber size is a major breakthrough and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers.”
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