In February, experts from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) conducted a series of successful tests of a 50-caliber "smart" homing bullet. The fire was led by an experienced shooter who managed to hit several moving, maneuvering targets.
The smart bullet is being developed as part of the EXACTO program. The bullet is equipped with special optical sensors that monitor the behavior of the target. A feature of these tests was that the shooting was carried out from a standard army rifle, which will make it possible in the future to make this ammunition available to ordinary soldiers who have not undergone special sniper training.
The flight path of the "smart" bullet is fundamentally different from the "behavior" of its predecessors. She is capable of making sharp turns, literally pursuing the chosen target and moving at the same time with great speed. The shooter is also relieved of the problem of correcting for the wind.
Caliber 50 is just the beginning. Successful completion of the tests opens up great prospects for the creation of a new generation of guided munitions of larger calibers.