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DARPA posts video of EXACTO, smart bullet technology that never misses

I’m sure many of us will remember that iconic quote in Steve Martin’s 1995 film Sgt. Bilko, after their hovertank made a rather awkward public appearance, ‘hitting’ the wrong target:

“Well if you remember Einstein’s theory, sir; space is curved? And these are smart weapons…”

However, while Sgt. Bilko was lying about this technology existing, DARPA isn’t. Today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), released its first video of its new smart bullet technology called EXACTO (which stands for Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance). As the above movie quote might suggest, this technology is very smart and allows bullets to change their trajectory to hit a predetermined target. Check out the aforementioned video below:

As you can see, while the technology is still only in testing, it could potentially greatly assist snipers in the field, whose margin for error is often extremely small at extreme distances. The EXACTO uses .50 calibre bullets which also houses “optical sighting technology” and sensors which allow it to change course and hit its intended target, even with environmental factors like wind and low visibility. It’s crazy, amazing stuff, though I hope I’m never on the receiving end of one of those.

What do you think about DARPA’s new EXACTO technology? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: DARPA (1), (2) via engadget

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