The US Military has been busy working on a series of next generation weapons, being tested (and in some cases deployed) in the battlefield.
The newest release from DARPA shows the direction the military is taking with small projectile weapons (like the classic .50 caliber) round.
DARPA released the above demonstration, with the below news release:
DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.
The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art. For more information, please visit the program page.
EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO)
For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavorable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology. It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.
The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines. The objective of the EXACTO program is to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet. The EXACTO 50- caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems. The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course.
Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors. The program’s next phase includes a system-level live-fire test and technology refinement to enhance and improve performance.
Let’s not forget the other recent tests, and deployments of next generation weaponry.
Recently, the US Army demonstrated the ability to SHOOT DOWN incoming projectiles like mortars!
See the test on drones, and mortars here:
The US Navy demonstrated its Laser Weapon System – LAWS – taking out incoming drones, boats, and even aircraft.
See those tests here:
Also, the recent tests of the US Navy’s Railgun proved successful, being deployed soon.
See a test of the railgun here:
These types of weapons are being disclosed now, but what are the FUTURE weapons going to be based upon?
Listen here to find out more: