Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Guided .50 Caliber Bullet - Fired from a Sniper Rifle

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Every once in a while I just am overcome with "tech love" of some type of military project or hardware.  I confess.  I can't help myself.  Sometimes these things are just too amazing to believe and yet… there they are.
 
So, today's post deals with a project that has been developed through DARPA.
 
As anyone who has done some target shooting knows, accurately hitting a target is not nearly as easy as one thinks it might be.  Heck, sometimes just getting close to what you are trying to hit is hard.  When you add to that all the other things that deal with a target over a really great distance, it's daunting.
 
Well now, there is the "Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO).  It's basically a guided missile, only it's a bullet.  By that I mean that this bullet actually has the ability to change its path in flight.  The photo above shows the red where the sight was actually placed and the projected path of the bullet, but the target is the green dot and the green line is the path the bullet actually took to get there.  Pretty cool and pretty amazing.
 
If you want to know more, take a look at the DARPA website.  They even have a video of the trajectory.

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