I remember when I was younger and watching such shows as Star Trek and movies like Star Wars, how I used to marvel at the way space ships used to explode when hit by lasers. They seemed like such futuristic weapons that were something I would never see in my lifetime; lo and behold they are being developed and tested for use as I write this. It is amazing what forward thinking and creative scientists can come up with that today’s military can put to good use. A good example of this is bullets that are currently being developed that can help those of us with even the poorest of aims.
Guided bullet technology has become a pet project for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its guided bullet development initiative called EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance) has recently been experiencing a string of successes on the testing grounds.
One of the most stressed defensive tactics that is taught to new soldiers is the importance of finding appropriate cover on the battlefield. Soldiers are taught to hide behind clusters of rocks, trees, buildings and anything that will give them some protection against enemy fire. But what if that same enemy had a bullet that they could redirect in flight or even bend around corners? That would quickly make all that training to find cover a moot point. It would be a huge advantage for any army on the battlefield and that is what the EXACTO project is hoping to achieve.
Although bullets that can bend around corners are not very close to becoming a reality; there has been some stunning achievements and progress that may one day make them a reality. In recent DARPA tests of EXACTO munitions, there have been some excellent results that may one day lead us to developing a truly guided or ‘magic’ bullet as some have been calling it.
In the most recent tests, the bullet has been successful at hitting what have been described as both ‘moving and evading’ targets. DARPA representatives were pleased that there were successful hits on their intended targets by both experienced and novice shooters. The hit of the target by the novice shooter was the first one in the programs history.
DARPA representatives hailed it as a major breakthrough for small caliber munitions in the .50 caliber range. The bullets are thought to not only be able to increase a shooters accuracy, but to also shorten the time they are exposed while taking a shot. The rounds were said to give extreme accuracy to standard rifles from sniper-like ranges which was previously unattainable.
It will be very interesting to see how this technology plays out in the future as it is continuously modified and improved. If these tests eventually lead to a guided bullet becoming a reality, then this type of technology would truly be a game changer on the battlefield for any army that possesses it.
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