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Super bullet could strike target a mile away
cbsnews.com ^ | 30 January, 2012 | Daniel Terdiman

Posted on 01/31/2012 5:51:44 AM PST by marktwain

A new design for a self-guiding bullet could allow sharpshooters to accurately fire at targets a full mile away.

The bullet, which is still in a prototype phase, is the brainchild of Sandia National Laboratories researchers Red Jones and Brian Kast. It is designed with built-in actuators and tiny fins that should allow it to rapidly adjust its path in flight.

Designed with the military, law enforcement, and recreational shooters as potential customers, the bullet is four inches long and has an optical sensor embedded in its nose for the detection of a laser on its target, Sandia said in a release today. The bullet also has built-in guidance and control electronics that receive data from the optical sensor and then manipulate the electromagnetic actuators. And the actuators use that data to steer small fins in order to direct the bullet directly to its target.

In the release, Sandia's Jones explained that the design of the self-guiding bullet required abandoning the traditional way rifle ammunition works. With conventional rifles, a fired bullet has to spin like a spiraling football pass in order to fly straight. But Sandia's bullet "flies straight due to its aerodynamically stable design," Sandia says, "which consists of a center of gravity that sits forward in the projectile and tiny fins that enable it to fly without spin, just as a dart does."

Although Sandia predicts that its self-guiding bullet could dramatically improve accuracy over long distances compared to traditional bullets, it doesn't promise perfect targeting. But according to a patent application Sandia filed, the new bullet could hit within eight inches of its target at a firing distance of a mile. That compares to a standard rifle-fired bullet, which tends to miss a target by about 29 feet after traveling a mile.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; bullet; exacto; sandia; smart; smartbullet
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Smart bullets have been anticipated for some time. This is an early, laser guided, effort.
1 posted on 01/31/2012 5:51:49 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Big deal sniperrs do it at over a mile now.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 6:01:49 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: marktwain
They had smart bullets in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, though some were smarter than others...


3 posted on 01/31/2012 6:02:58 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: marktwain

Obama needs to “lose” some over Iranian airspace.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 6:03:22 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: marktwain; Ratman83
I guess someday a shot like the one seen in the movie Wanted may drag itself out of the infantile fantasies of teenage boys into reality. :)

The 'perfect' shot below.

Perfect sniper shot from the movie Wanted

5 posted on 01/31/2012 6:03:57 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: marktwain
Designed with the military, law enforcement, and recreational shooters as potential customers,

I'm not sure I see the recreational value. You shoot. You hit the target. Congrats to the equipment. You miss? Return as defective.

6 posted on 01/31/2012 6:04:25 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: marktwain

Well...alrighty then.
7 posted on 01/31/2012 6:05:13 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: marktwain
Law enforcement needs to shoot people from one mile away?

Mike

8 posted on 01/31/2012 6:05:54 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: marktwain

The four-inch-long bullet created by Sandia researchers has built-in actuators and tiny fins that are used to steer it toward its target.
(Credit: Sandia National Laboratories)
9 posted on 01/31/2012 6:06:47 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: marktwain
I thought of this first!

Where's my patent?! Where are my royalties?

10 posted on 01/31/2012 6:09:09 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: marktwain

"Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."
11 posted on 01/31/2012 6:12:22 AM PST by Oratam
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To: MichaelP

Hang on, those trained FBI snipers cost money. With this new technology the next Ruby Ridge will only require a trigger finger.

Progress!


12 posted on 01/31/2012 6:16:14 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: marktwain

I can do pretty well right now with a Garand with iron sights or with my .270 deer rifle with a Simmons scope. Long shot, but not impossible with good windage adjustment. Now, give me a Barrett M82 .50 cal...


13 posted on 01/31/2012 6:19:59 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: agere_contra
Hang on, those trained FBI snipers cost money. With this new technology the next Ruby Ridge will only require a trigger finger. Progress!

Yeah, I used to be a member of the Military-Industrial complex and helped design and build some advanced weapons, and was proud of the work I did.

Now I wonder when this stuff is going to be used against ME.
14 posted on 01/31/2012 6:24:14 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Ratman83
“But according to a patent application Sandia filed, the new bullet could hit within eight inches of its target at a firing distance of a mile. That compares to a standard rifle-fired bullet, which tends to miss a target by about 29 feet after traveling a mile.”

Such a statement could only be issued or swallowed by morons that have never fired a firearm or attempted to understand ballistics.

15 posted on 01/31/2012 6:27:29 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: marktwain

Big Deal, Tom Selleck ran across sniper bullets that would steer to a specified target.

But in reality when that movie came out it was an idea, perhaps now or very soon a bullet can indeed home in on a single person.


16 posted on 01/31/2012 6:28:54 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: BikerJoe

Well said. Freepers like you can be proud of their work for the military.

Militarized law-enforcement is the problem.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 6:32:55 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Squantos
Bullshit... I'd like to see this sucker on any IBSC range where cross winds are 30kts at the shooting station, 25kts @ 300 yards, and 40kts at 800.

I'm willing to bet that those small fins can only compensate for just so much.

I'd like to know about this "standard rifle-fired bullet, which tends to miss a target by about 29 feet after traveling a mile." :-) 29 feet would be a near miss for most shooters. :-)
18 posted on 01/31/2012 6:35:13 AM PST by hiredhand
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To: Ratman83

“Big deal sniperrs do it at over a mile now.”

Sure once in a while, but I can tell you as an experianced long range hunter it is only when the the wind gods are in their favor. A small shift in wind direction or speed can move the bullet huge distances at those ranges.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 6:47:30 AM PST by Okieshooter
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To: marktwain
the new bullet could hit within eight inches of its target at a firing distance of a mile.[snip]
That compares to a standard rifle-fired bullet, which tends to miss a target by about 29 feet after traveling a mile.

Idiot reporter doesn't understand ballistics. .45 MOA compared to 29 feet of bullet drop...idiot!

20 posted on 01/31/2012 6:47:59 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: spetznaz
ONeofmy favorite movies does not get much better!!.......

Wonder if zero has given the technology to the Chinese yet?

21 posted on 01/31/2012 6:50:06 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: MichaelP

Most donut shops are about a mile from most peoples homes


22 posted on 01/31/2012 6:55:57 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: marktwain

Now if only I could see ground hogs a mile away.


23 posted on 01/31/2012 6:58:48 AM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: marktwain
Cost of smart bullet: $999 per round

Cost of gun to fire smart bullet: $19.95

Cost of anti-smart bullet targeting laser scattering system:

$2.95 Strobelights

$.98 road reflectors at Walmart

This smart bullet could have been used by FBI to kill genius Ted Kaczynski.

24 posted on 01/31/2012 7:17:21 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (?? ?? Who knew?)
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To: Rannug

It will probably cost $1000 per bullet.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 7:18:33 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: marktwain

I notice that there wasn’t a projected price per round. Considering the average price of conventional ammo, I doubt that this round will find much of a market with recreational shooters.


26 posted on 01/31/2012 7:19:11 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: marktwain

Doesn’t sound very recreational to me. Who has access to a range where you could shoot something a mile away?


27 posted on 01/31/2012 7:26:42 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: marktwain

A bullet that can hit a target a mile away? I thought that was what air support or artillery was for.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 7:35:48 AM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: marktwain

Can I get these at Walmart?


29 posted on 01/31/2012 7:37:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: marktwain

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It’s not a bullet, it’s a dart.


30 posted on 01/31/2012 7:42:49 AM PST by mrsmith (What Tea Party nominee have you found for your House seat?)
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To: CodeToad

It might be really helpful for shorter range Navy vs. Pirates, helicopter sniper, etc.

I guess the next step is just hand held portable lethal laser. No wind effect, no gravity effect, just put the dot on it (him, her, or fuel tank /ammo dump).

An added benefit of a laser like that might be lower cost per kill... after a few thousand bad guys get cooked.


31 posted on 01/31/2012 7:44:52 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Oratam
My favorite character in that movie.........

FMCDH(BITS)

32 posted on 01/31/2012 8:00:42 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: marktwain

A skilled sniper with modern sniper weapons can deliver a kill shot at ranges over a mile. The record is held by Cpl. Rob Furlong of the Canadian Forces whose record shot in Afghanistan was 2,657 yd or 1.51 miles.


33 posted on 01/31/2012 8:18:28 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: hiredhand
"standard rifle-fired bullet, which tends to miss a target by about 29 feet after traveling a mile." :-) 29 feet would be a near miss for most shooters. :-) 1000 yard shooters today with either the .308 or .223 can shoot groups within 12 inches (I've seen a 1.8" group). That's almost 3/4 mile with out any super specialized equipment. Now add in more specialized equipment and push it out to a mile and most good shooters can keep it within a 3' group (I've seen a sub 4" group). Take this Dakota Longbow chambered in .338 Lapua, plus Leopold Mark 4 scope, factor in exact range, temp, humidity, wind, mirage, earth rotation, incline, altitude, and put a good shooter behind it and you can expect a good first hit and a 2' group.
34 posted on 01/31/2012 9:10:35 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Tainan

Oh, now that would be interesting in close quarters.


35 posted on 01/31/2012 9:32:38 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: PilotDave

“. Take this Dakota Longbow chambered in .338 Lapua, plus Leopold Mark 4 scope, factor in exact range, temp, humidity, wind, mirage, earth rotation, incline, altitude, and put a good shooter behind it and you can expect a good first hit and a 2’ group”

The biggest factor is the wind. A change in velocity of only a couple miles an hour in a crosswind can change the point of impact a foot at 1000 yds. Maybe you have a handle on what the wind is doing where your shooting from, but it can be entirely different down range. When shooters shoot those kind of groups at long range they have the wind gods on their side.

I know from experience when I was shooting an antelope at 970 yds with a 5 mph 30 degree crosswind which I had dialed the correction for into my scope. My spotter was monitoring the wind and reported it completely died as I squeezed the shot off and I hit him in the rear leg instead of the heart/lung.

Fortunately he was unable to run, the wind came back and my second shoot was right through the heart lung area. He dropped his head but was still standing so I followed with a third though the heart lung. He was dead with the second shot, but just didn’t know it yet.


36 posted on 01/31/2012 10:07:26 AM PST by Okieshooter
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To: BikerJoe
Yeah, I used to be a member of the Military-Industrial complex and helped design and build some advanced weapons, and was proud of the work I did. Now I wonder when this stuff is going to be used against ME.

This problem has been around as long a man has organized himself into societies.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I am just retiring from the Military-Industrial complex, and we need those high tech items to protect us from the barbarians.

Let us hope that we can use the ballot box to reduce the threat to us from our own government.

37 posted on 01/31/2012 10:21:25 AM PST by marktwain
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To: MichaelP

Just the dogs.


38 posted on 01/31/2012 4:27:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: PilotDave; hiredhand; Tijeras_Slim; MileHi

I have had one of the Dakota Longbows for many years in .338 lapua Mag. Also have one of Malcomb Coopers Accuracy International .338 Lapua Mags......awesome rigs....... :o)

Great Rifles !

I shoot leg matches up at NRA Whittington a few times each year using a TRW M1A that a USAF gunsmith at Lackland AFB Texas built for me while active duty. My receiver, parts etc , Uncle Sugars time tools and training. Even with Mexican Match or federal match 168gr HPBT the M1A is a tack driver in proper hands.

The point I see here is this new and improved “GUIDED” Projectile is going to have to make course corrections on it’s own. If the round is “propelled” in flight versus just “launched” from the barrel then said corrections are or should be based along the reverse kentucky windage not unlike a Sino Soviet RPG-7 series pill.

The fins on back of bullet under power will catch wind at the back of the projectile thus it will “point” into the wind. Thus a left to right crosswind shot would be have to leading to the right, downwind side of the target to bring it back to the left point of impact......aka minute of torso.

Did I splain that right ???........;o)

Interesting thread ......


39 posted on 01/31/2012 4:38:15 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

“Did I splain that right ???........;o)”

Sounds about right to me. Full disclosure here, my dad and mom started Dakota Arms. Dad, Don Allen, designed the Longbow. I didn’t want to get to deep into it all, but one thing I would be concerned with also is the end game energy. The reason why .50 cal is so popular is when it impacts a mile away it’s still around 3800fpe (foot pounds of energy). I seriously doubt these “smart” bullets are even close to that.
And don’t get me started on shooting an antelope from 1000 yards away with a .270. Might as well shoot it’s rear leg off with a 9mm....


40 posted on 01/31/2012 5:02:01 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Squantos

A good summary article for extreme long range tactical shooting.
http://www.tactical-life.com/online/special-weapons/basics-of-the-one-mile-shot/


41 posted on 01/31/2012 5:03:47 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Squantos
...the bullet is four inches long...

Doesn't say diameter but that is going be a long action isn't it? How deep could you seat that in a .50 BMG case?

Could be interesting I suppose.

42 posted on 01/31/2012 5:16:01 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Eye of Unk

I remember that one the title was Runaway. Gene Simmons (of Kiss fame) played the psycho villain!


43 posted on 01/31/2012 5:25:33 PM PST by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy - proud NRA member & Certified Instructor)
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To: PilotDave

I am retired EOD and used the M1A, Barret M82A1 and the Dakota Longbow for what we called SMUD aka Small munitions disruption. Small submunitions or iron bombs we shot em in some cases as a render safe option. The rafus round HEI was key in the 50. But M118 special ball in the M1A and API in the .338 lapua mag. Albeit the AI 338 Lapua Mag was a duty gun. I bought a M82A1 sample gun from Ronnie Barret back in late 80’s and loved that versus the McBros and the AMAC variants of the 50BMG.

The Longbow is a gem. Thanks to your Dad and family for that fine rifle........... grateful for that design.

LOL on the 1000 yard shot with the .270 Win. I love that round and own one but I am a 300 yard or less game shooter. Yeah I can hit at longer ranges easier but ethics are key as I do not care for trophy hunters. Never have taken game at extreme ranges unless it is varmint, pigs etc .....

Stay safe !!!


44 posted on 01/31/2012 5:51:05 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Wow, you’re profile page is quite the source book!

I’ll always remember the t-shirt I saw a EOD guy once. On the back it said, “If I’m running, try to keep up!”


45 posted on 01/31/2012 6:30:01 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: marktwain

I hate to think how much just one would cost!

BTW...I would never approve of them for game hunting. I like to hunt, even if I don’t kill.


46 posted on 01/31/2012 6:34:30 PM PST by Randy Larsen (ROTFLMFAO!)
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To: PilotDave

Yep.... Initial Success or Total Failure !!.......:o)

As stated , retired now .....It was a good job, enjoyed it , miss it.

Good talking to ya , again , great rifle design. You stay Safe ! Got to get some sleep, oh early thirty wakeup in the AM.

Have a good night Sir !


47 posted on 01/31/2012 6:43:15 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: marktwain

Would a bullet that big make a good sniper system? I've been reading up on the DARPA programs aimed at increasing sniper range, like EXACTO. There's been no news for 6 months.

http://www.special-operations-technology.com/sotech-home/340-sotech-2011-volume-9-issue-6-august/4577-better-bullets.html

New Guns, New Bullets Weapons and ammunition operate as one system.

There can be no doubt that in the field, the reliability of one affects the reliability of the entire system. A weapon system that the warfighter can rely on accomplishes several things. It increases morale, increases safety and increases mission success rate. With that in mind, another way entirely to get more accurate and better performing bullets is to put them in new and improved guns. That’s the philosophy behind AAI’s proprietary Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT program. AAI is working with the Army to develop LSAT through the Joint Service Small Arms Program Office, located at the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Key objectives of the program are to maintain or improve lethality and reliability over current systems, while at the same time reducing the weight of weapons carried by warfighters by 35 percent, and lowering ammunition weight by more than 40 percent.

This has been demonstrated by the development of two unique lightweight rounds, polymer-cased telescoped ammunition and caseless telescoped ammunition. “Only the weight of the cartridge case is reduced, or totally eliminated in our caseless design,” explained Paul Shipley, LSAT program manager with AAI. “The same bullet is fired at the same velocity using the same propellant weight as the standard M855, so the accuracy and lethality remain the same. Our development focus has been the 5.56 mm M855, so that we can do a direct one-for-one firing comparison versus the M249/M855. We have conducted design studies for 6.5 mm, 7.62 mm, 0.338 cal, 0.50 cal. CT cartridges. All showed a weight reduction of 35-40 percent versus the standard cartridges while maintaining performance.” Reductions of up 50 percent can be achieved with the caseless bullet. The truly remarkable caseless design features a solid propellant body that burns completely when the round is fired. In essence the case is the propellant and therefore there isn’t any shell casing to eject.

The caseless design not only significantly reduces weight, but the lack of cases left behind has unique implications for covert operations. To date, AAI has built four light machine guns and has test-fired more than 12,000 rounds of cased telescoped ammunition. But the developing technology is much broader than just a new light machine gun. It is applicable to a broad range of calibers and platforms to include a carbine that also fires the lightweight cased telescoped ammunition, which would be of particular interest to special forces. Plus, said Shipley, lessons learned in LSAT have practical implications for all types of arms. “We’ve done work on high temperature/ high strength materials, lubricious coatings, reduced flash propellant, and a 40-round magazine, all of which have potential applications in conventional weapons.”


“Smart bullets” have long been a science fiction staple, and a realworld objective of DoD.

A prototype smart bullet system, the XM25, has been deployed successfully in Afghanistan. More like a “smart grenade” actually, the Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, the weapon’s full name, uses laser-guided technology to fire a 25 mm “bullet” over the head of an enemy target, which calculates the precise point during flight to explode in mid-air above the target, raining down shrapnel. Troops who have used the five prototype XM25s in several engagements against the Taliban have nicknamed them “punishers.”

The XM25 is scheduled to begin low-rate initial production in late 2013. The plan is to buy 12,500 weapons, one for each infantry squad or special forces team.


Tomorrow and Beyond

The Punisher may be the beginning of “smart bullet” technology but it is only the tip of the iceberg.
Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with then project manager Lyndall Beamer, about DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program. At the time, Beamer described the goal of the EXACTO program.

“The basic concept of the EXACTO program is to remove the effect on accuracy of target motion and random variances in the environment through use of a guided bullet.” Now almost two years later, the program has a new manager, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph K. Hitt, but its goals remain the same.

Hitt was unavailable for comment. However, it is known that the program recently completed its first phase by achieving a successful proof of concept with a high fidelity hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) simulation. Phase II will build and test a complete system, including the required optical sighting equipment and guided .50 caliber projectiles.

In October, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC, a division of Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Teledyne Technologies, received a $25.45 million “Phase II” contract from DARPA in the EXACTO program. Under the contract, Teledyne needs to deliver a working prototype of a .50 caliber round that can be guided and adjust itself for windage by fall 2012.

Lockheed Martin, already a Phase I contractor as reported in 2009, will be incorporating its “One Shot” advanced gunsight technology, already in use by SOF, to deliver the Phase II sighting requirement. So the program is moving forward. No doubt we are on the brink of a game-changing evolution in ammo technology. As always, when it comes to the best technology used by the world’s greatest warriors, U.S. special forces will be the tip of the spear. ♦









48 posted on 01/31/2012 9:30:02 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: stuartcr

People who don’t live in the east.


49 posted on 01/31/2012 9:52:27 PM PST by xone
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To: PilotDave; Squantos
I think you "splained" it correctly Squantos. I guess my thinking is that this is a terrible lot of high tech for something that a proficient distance-marksman already has a solution for. As PilotDave pointed out, it's hard to beat the kinetic energy transfer of the .50BMG round at distance, not to mention it's stability and accuracy from a decent rifle.

It rather seems to be one of those things where just because it can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.

I like that Longbow!!! :-)
50 posted on 02/01/2012 8:34:45 AM PST by hiredhand
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