DARPA EXACTO Bullet live fire demo shows repeatable performance

Shane McGlaun - Apr 28, 2015, 6:10am CDT
DARPA EXACTO Bullet live fire demo shows repeatable performance

Last year we talked a bit about the new self-guided sniper bullet that DARPA was working on. That bullet is able to guide itself to a target making long distance shots much more accurate in the hands of an experienced shooter. DARPA is back with new details about this self-guided bullet.

DARPA has published a video shot back in February showing the self-guided bullet being used to repeatedly hit a moving target. The program is called EXACTO, standing for Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance. DARPA’s goal with the program was to create a self-steering bullet to increase the hit rate for difficult long distance shots.

According to DARPA this live fire test is the most successful to date. The person firing the round in the video is described as an experienced shooter. DARPA also noted that a novice shooter was also able to use the self-guided bullet to hit a moving target.

DARPA has released the video below that shows the EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are moving and accelerating. The bullet has a real-time optical guidance system that is able to track and direct the projectile to the target while compensating for wind, target movement, and other factors that can impact the ability to hit the target.

SOURCE: Darpa


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