With the ongoing advancements in modern technology it should come as no
surprise that military agencies, in this case the United States
military, are seeking to apply new technologies to the battlefield.
Since a warzone can be a hellish place where one mistake can mean
jeopardizing the life of a fellow soldier or even your own, soldiers
learn quickly that they must always be alert and on guard.
Often placed under extreme conditions, soldiers must rely on unbridled
discipline, a great degree of patience, and of course a skilled level of
marksmanship. But thanks to new government research by Sandia National
Laboratories, American troops might be getting some much appreciated
help in the form of self-guided bullets.
Sandia National Laboratories
has long been at work with the United States military developing the
ultimate “smart bullet.” It announced today that a successful prototype
of the bullet was created and tested at distances of over a mile (about
“We have a very promising technology to guide small projectiles that
could be fully developed inexpensively and rapidly,” said Sandia
researcher Red Jones. Sandia’s new technology features a dart-like
“smart bullet” that allows for unprecedented movement while in flight.
Working in tandem with laser designators, each bullet measures around
four inches in length. An optical sensor can be seen at the tip of the
round, which can detect a laser beam that would be used to “paint” a
target. Inside, the bullets are able to communicate with the different
sensors that are gathered via sensors which also communicate with the
bullet allowing it to steer and maneuver to its destination.
Original story: Digital Trends
This video depicts a working prototype.
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