Army Puts Out Call for 'Magic' Hovering Bullet

...bullet would be non-lethal
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2012 7:29 AM CDT
The actual "magic bullet" will probably look absolutely nothing like this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The Pentagon certainly has imagination when it comes to making up dream weapons. It's put out a new list of weapons small businesses should try to design for it, and one of them is a "Nonlethal Warhead of Miniature Organic Precision Munitions," or what Wired describes as, "one part bazooka round; one part suicidal drone; one part stun round." Essentially, the Army wants a bullet that can acquire a target, close in on it in less than 20 seconds, and then somehow incapacitate it without killing it.

If it can't find its target, this hypothetical wonder-bullet will hover until it can. The whole thing is based on a nascent project called the "Lethal Miniature Aerial Munitions System," which the Pentagon itself has likened to a "magic bullet." The new project calls for a non-lethal "warhead" for that system—the Pentagon suggests incapacitating targets with something "mechanical, such as rubber balls; acoustic; chemical; electrical; or dazzle."

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