I don’t know what you envision when you think about the future of military technology. Do you see robots all over the battlefield? Do you picture drones doing most of the fighting? Do you view human soldiers as becoming obsolete at some very real point in time? I don’t know what’ll happen, but I do know that advanced technology will have a huge role to play in the coming years. Known for creating some pretty awesome pieces of technology in the past, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or, DARPA, for short) have now successfully tested what they’re calling the EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance) program.
Here’s what you need to know: using the EXACTO program, bullets go pretty much wherever you want them to go. While that’s the goal anytime you pull the trigger, it’s a little different with EXACTO. With this new invention, DARPA has figured out a way to control a bullet mid-flight. That means that the shooter can change the direction of the bullet after it has left the barrel. That’s new; and, it seems like it’d be incredibly useful, especially during less-than-ideal weather conditions when the wind could threaten to take the bullet off course.
DARPA recently completed a successful live-fire event with a .50-caliber bullet using EXACTO.
If this technology is fully utilized by the military in the future, it’ll obviously be a game-changer for snipers everywhere.
What do you think? Personally it reminds me a little of one of the missiles in the old Metal Gear Solid games for the original Playstation. Let us know your thoughts regarding this story in the comments section below!
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