Now this looks like something straight out of a "Mission: Impossible" movie. DARPA, the U.S. Defense Department's research and development agency, has developed a self-steering bullet that's capable of hitting a moving target. We've seen some mind-blowing inventions come from DARPA in the past, but this might be the craziest one yet.
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 can impede successful hits.
The special rounds are being developed by DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program. The program's goal is to develop new technologies that will help marksmen improve range and accuracy.
The EXACTO rounds are very impressive. According to DARPA, an amateur shooter was able to hit a moving target using the rounds, and an experienced shooter was able to use them to repeatedly hit moving targets.
Take a look at this video from DARPA that further explains these special bullets.
“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager.
If this technology ever becomes available to civilians, I'm guessing it probably will not be very welcomed at shoot range competitions!