Pentagon Aims for Target-Seeking Bullet

'Can't miss' sniper round being developed
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 11:52 AM CST
The Pentagon is developing a .50 caliber guided bullet which virtually can't miss its target.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, filel)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon wants to develop a bullet that can change course in midflight to seek its target, Wired reports. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency yesterday committed $22 million to producing the superbullet—"an actively controlled .50 caliber projectile that uses information for real time directional flight control"—which would be fired from specially designed sniper rifles.

The project is one of several aimed at making snipers more accurate. "The use of an actively controlled bullet will make it possible to counter environmental effects such as crosswinds and air density and prosecute both stationary and moving targets while enhancing shooter covertness," says an agency report.