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DARPA's Terrifying Self-Steering Bullet Can Now Hit A Moving Target

28/04/2015 11:38 BST | Updated 28/04/2015 11:59 BST

DARPAs steerable bullet concept has been in the works for some time now. First demonstrated last year, the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance Round is capable of changing direction after having been fired.

During tests in December 2014, DARPA showed that the bullet was capable of changing direction to hit a stationary target - something that by itself is impressive enough.

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Well now the team have successfully demonstrated hitting a moving target, with a moving bullet, that can change direction.

As you can see in the video above, the shooter sets the target point on the infrared smart scope. The scope then tracks the target point, re-calibrating the .50 calibre bullet as it travels to hit the specific target point.

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The bullet is able to communicate wirelessly with the gun, using tiny fins to help it steer.

The idea is that by making bullets far more accurate, snipers will require less training and be able to cope with adverse conditions such as weather, visibility and more.