DARPA is developing self-guiding bullets that can change course to better hit moving targets

DARPA is developing self-guided bullets that can change course after being fired -- allowing a novice to hit a moving target.

As DARPA notes on its web site:

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire tests to date. An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets. Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first time hit a moving target.

This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are moving and accelerating. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that can impede successful hits.

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(Thanks to Gizmodo and The Verge for bringing this one to my now-completely-unsettled attention.)

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