The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing technology that would “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range” aimed at improving sniper effectiveness and troop safety. Behold! The self-guiding bullet capable of mid-flight trajectory change. You read that correctly.
Dubbed the EXACTO – Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance this technology allows for maneuverable bullets guided by a real-time correction system accounting for flight trajectories to be corrected due to any number of volatile or unforeseen flight changing conditions.
The bullets are equipped with sensors that collect in-flight data that is transmitted to an internal system. This data is interpreted and used to adjust the position of a series of “fins” on the projectile itself to auto-correct bullet trajectory. You read that correctly again.
In the video below DARPA shows off this technology by intentionally aiming slightly off target and illustrating how the bullet trajectory is changed mid-flight to connect with the target.