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The Bullet Just Designed for the U.S. Military Should Have ISIS Terrorists Quaking in Their Boots


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A bullet that has the ability to change directions. It may have once seemed like an idea out of a Sci-fi movie, but it has now become a reality – thanks to the U.S military.

 

According to the Daily Mail, the U.S. military recently tested the first bullet that can successfully change directions in mid-air with a .50 caliber sniper round. This opens the door for snipers to take – and hit – nearly impossible shots.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) commented on the mind-bending bullet.

 

A bullet that has the capability such as this one will enable snipers to engage targets faster, with better accuracy and bring new levels of safety to snipers. A missed shot can leave a snipers whereabouts compromised and with this bullet they have a much larger range of being able to hit their targets, according to Darpa.

 

“For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology.”

 

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“The Exacto .50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and night time range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems,” said the agency.

 

Although, the question is raised what makes this even possible. According to the Darpa agency:

 

The system combines a manoeuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course.”

 

 

“Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors.” 

“The program’s next phase includes a system-level live-fire test and technology refinement to enhance and improve performance.”

 

Snipers can never plan when they are going to have the opportunity for an open shot, and this bullet opens up possibilities for where and when they can shoot.

 

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Currently, the record for the longest-ever kill is by Corporal Craig Harrison of the UK Household Cavalry, who killed two Taliban in November 2009 from 1.54 miles (22.4km). In a shot this long, the bullet will take close to 3 seconds for it to reach its target.

 

Typically, shots this far would be impossible even with the slightest amount of inclement weather. Bullets are subject to the earth’s gravitational pull and will make the bullet drop closer to the ground the longer the shot. So, with poor weather conditions, these forces can mess up the trajectory of the shot, even if a sniper has locked onto a target with their spotter assisting them.

 

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The amazing thing about this new system is that during the flight of the bullet, the snipers will have the ability to change its direction. This will make a huge difference in cases when such can throw the bullet off-track.

So if a gust of wind hits the bullet and changes it’s direction, the sniper can get the bullet back on course mid-air.

 

While sniping is an art of precision, it will still be critical that shooters and spotters get the same intense training. But this system will bring the unimaginable skill level they already have today to a level of unprecedented accuracy.

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Until now, all a sniper needed was a fraction of a second to get the shot off, ( let's not go into the years of training it takes to get to "that" moment), does this mean they now have to hold dead on for multiple seconds?

That's crazy to even consider when taking into account the difference 1/64" translates to in 1 1/2 miles.

Holding steady like that for 3 seconds?

It will mean training on a whole new level.

1 1/2 MILES away.. consistantly.. wow

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Not to contradict Divemaster - but I don't think it will be that much of a change.  Sniper's have always practiced follow through and  continued observation - especially on long shots.  You continue to hold site picture while observing round impact and effects on target, in order to re-engage with adjustments of needed. Tracking will take a bit more precision, but not that much - and not sure if they will have to keep the trigger pulled like some of the current weapon system.

 

This is going to be kind of like firing a TOW or a DRAGON.  Each of these systems are missile based, and are primarily used for engaging vehicles.  The TOW does basically the same thing, but drags a wire behind it to recieve the signal to make changes in flight. The gunner on the sytem keeps the triggers pulled and continues to track the target. At the maximum range of the weapon - just over 2 miles - this means tracking the target for 20 - 23 seconds (depending on which version of the sytems you happen to be using.) 

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Not to contradict Divemaster - but I don't think it will be that much of a change.  Sniper's have always practiced follow through and  continued observation - especially on long shots.  You continue to hold site picture while observing round impact and effects on target, in order to re-engage with adjustments of needed. Tracking will take a bit more precision, but not that much - and not sure if they will have to keep the trigger pulled like some of the current weapon system.

 

This is going to be kind of like firing a TOW or a DRAGON.  Each of these systems are missile based, and are primarily used for engaging vehicles.  The TOW does basically the same thing, but drags a wire behind it to recieve the signal to make changes in flight. The gunner on the sytem keeps the triggers pulled and continues to track the target. At the maximum range of the weapon - just over 2 miles - this means tracking the target for 20 - 23 seconds (depending on which version of the sytems you happen to be using.) 

 

Heh, the Dragon was only being field tested when I discharged. Word was no one liked it and didn't expect it to get a lot of use.

 

I worked on the targeting system for Hellfire and Maverick, as well as CRYPTO and FADAC repair.

Noticed they talked openly about Hellfire in the 90's.

Now, FADAC is integrated, no more stand alone units.

 

Bet you guys have some crazy fun "toys" you can't even talk about.

 

Obviously, my info is 30+ years ago, now THAT makes me feel old...

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What a terrific invention. The problem as I see it. The guy who owns the patent is going to want me (average tax payer) to pay what he thinks this is worth. I think this is why we train snipers to shoot long range. To waste a minutes time with this invention is a whole bunch BS.  This is for the hunter that does know how to shoot at game 300 yds away in the rain, or can't figure out how to hit a target 600 ft in elevation above him. Those guys that the UN says will be the hunters of tomorrow that have deep pockets and don't mind paying for a once in a life time shot at a horned animal that a very expensive quide takes him out to on opening morning of a hunt in the middle of the rocky mtns. This is something that most of us hunters that have grown up doing that sort of thing see;s as total Horse *hit!


Bull *Hit There is no self respecting marine. army sniper that will come within a freaking mile of the gadget. On any Honorable battle field, EVER!

 

 

My Humble opinion!

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