The Pentagon proved in a winter test that its guided small-caliber bullet could hit a moving target with accuracy.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video Monday showing the smart bullet changing trajectory mid flight to track and hit a moving target.
Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, DARPA engineers plan to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.” DARPA officials said they want the 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology to “extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”
The program has entered Phase II of development, which includes “design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors,” according to DARPA.
Agency officials released video in July 2014 of its first round of successful testing that shows the bullet adapting course after it’s fired from a sniper rifle.
The most recent test for moving targets was filmed Feb. 26 and can be found here for mobile users.