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Watch smart bullets change direction in mid-air | The Verge

We’ve seen high-tech guns cropping up in the private sector, and now the military has taken them to the next level. DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, program recently completed its first live test, firing a series of .50-caliber shots that use “in-flight guidance” to maneuver to their target.

The military bought six Linux-powered TrackingPoint rifles earlier this year, but DARPA’s version seems to move beyond that. While a TrackingPoint rifle calculates things like gravity and wind and fires when the gun is properly aligned, DARPA’s system maneuvers the bullet after it’s been shot. A guidance system and maneuverable bullet can “compensate for any unexpected factors” such as wind, weather, or a moving target, according to the EXACTO program page. Another difference: the DARPA project kicks up the size, launching and guiding massive 50-caliber rounds. It’s blurry, but the video here gives you some sense of scale.

Fifty caliber guided smart bullets.  I like the idea.

A bullet with your name on it really could be a bullet with your name on it.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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