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Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets [VIDEO]
The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Jul 2014

Posted on 07/11/2014 5:30:49 PM PDT by mandaladon

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets.

In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets.

In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed.

Wired reported in 2012 the first successful prototype test of the military’s first-ever guided small-caliber bullets, developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin. Around four inches long, the bullets feature optical tips to detect laser beams shown on targets. Actuators inside the bullets then steer tiny fins on their surfaces, which guide them to targets based on information from the tip sensors.

The bullets can strike a target accurately while accommodating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors, according to DARPA. The prototype tests were able to successfully strike targets from more-than a mile, or 6,500 feet away.

“For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavorable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology,” the agency explains on its website. “It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: banglist; guns; military
Great...as long as it doesn't fall in the hands of enemies.
1 posted on 07/11/2014 5:30:49 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Great...as long as it doesn't fall in the hands of enemies.

Obama ships the first crate to ISIS (or whatever the hell they're called now) Monday.

2 posted on 07/11/2014 5:33:58 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: mandaladon
fall ?

WE aren't allowed to shoot back with NATO's without a hall pass ...

fall into the enemy's hands ?

They'll friggin' SELL 'em to the enemy until they reverse engineer 'em ... I give it 30 days, max.

3 posted on 07/11/2014 5:36:02 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: mandaladon
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4 posted on 07/11/2014 5:36:50 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Zeneta

Warhammer 40k bolters!


5 posted on 07/11/2014 5:40:29 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: mandaladon

1980’s movie “Runaway” starring Tom Selleck forsaw this.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 5:43:25 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: mandaladon
Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets

First time I've heard 0.50 caliber bullets described as 'Small-Caliber'. The media would point out this could only be used by an automatic weapon. I know, I know, they'd still do it.

I wonder who this will first be used on. 50/50 the 50 Cal will wind up being used against Tea Party members.

7 posted on 07/11/2014 5:44:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

“I wonder who this will first be used on. 50/50 the 50 Cal will wind up being used against Tea Party members.”

Seems like an awful lot of weapons we develop for use against our enemies end up in the hands of police for use against Americans.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: mandaladon

Great as long as their available to Americans.


9 posted on 07/11/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

They’re going to be much more expensive and hard to make than conventional ammunition, for the forseeable future, whereas .22, 9mm, 5.56 and other popular rounds will be plentiful in our hands. I wouldn’t want to be shot at by 20 guys with .22LR rifles, would you?


10 posted on 07/11/2014 6:23:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: DoughtyOne

50 cal is small caliber when the media reports the govt owns those guns. When they report on citizens, anything larger than a water gun is an large caliber assault weapon. Sadly, no sarc tag.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 6:27:00 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mandaladon

Wile E. Coyote, here ya go!


12 posted on 07/11/2014 6:27:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: mandaladon

ordnance


13 posted on 07/11/2014 6:40:10 PM PDT by satan (The tree of liberty is dying in the drought.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Compared to a 16"/50 caliber Mark 7 it is definitely a small caliber round.

FWIW - I am qualified to run the associated Mark 8 Range Keeper.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

14 posted on 07/11/2014 6:46:13 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Zeneta
.50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed.

First thing I thought of was the "Fifth Element" movie! Would hate to have that gun aimed at me during a demonstration showing the bullets self-guide away from me. Effective demonstration but I'd be shaking like crazy.

16 posted on 07/11/2014 8:00:49 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: roadcat

The technology is truly extraordinary.

I’m curious, when did, what year and what wars, the cannon ball go from a metal ball to something that exploded on impact ?


17 posted on 07/11/2014 8:13:22 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Zeneta
I don't know. There is this fictional show on Starz, called "Da Vinci's Demons" about a fictional version of young Leonardo Da Vinci. The most recent episode had the Church and Pope worried about an invasion fleet of Turkish ships about to sack a Christian seaport city. So Leo gets the crazy idea to have his friends core the cannon balls to lighten them, then fill them with gunpowder and a wick. So they do all this overnight, load their cannons, light the wick and shortly after fire the cannons. Yeah, right! In real life, it probably took many years of experimentation before it actually worked.

Of course, you're probably don't mean a ball that explodes after landing on a target, but a shell that detonates when it strikes.

Wonder when some hobbyist will create self-guiding ammo that regular folks can make for themselves...

18 posted on 07/11/2014 8:41:47 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: mandaladon

I was making fuse timers for shells in the 1980s. The ability of electronics that small to adsorb that kind of shock and still work in that scale is indeed extraordinary.


19 posted on 07/11/2014 9:01:33 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: mandaladon
I thought that Arlen Specter's "Magic Bullet" was the first field test of a self-guided bullet.

That was back in 1963.

-PJ

20 posted on 07/11/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: roadcat
"...So Leo gets the crazy idea to have his friends core the cannon balls to lighten them, then fill them with gunpowder and a wick. ..."


21 posted on 07/11/2014 9:48:30 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: mandaladon

First, SMALL caliber? A .50 is now classified as a small caliber? So I guess a .308 is a mini cal and a .22 would be a micro cal? The REAL problem I see in the picture (did anyone else see it since I haven’t read all the comments yet) is there’s a pack of CAMEL cigs in the range bag. Don’t they know those things will kill ya’? Okay, goin’ to the garage for a Marlboro now. ;>}


22 posted on 07/12/2014 7:51:44 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: mandaladon

So; they’ve miniaturized Walleye missiles now; eh?


23 posted on 07/12/2014 11:41:46 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DoughtyOne

Compared to an AGM-62; it IS ‘small caliber’!


24 posted on 07/12/2014 11:43:52 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Zeneta
I’m curious, when did, what year and what wars, the cannon ball go from a metal ball to something that exploded on impact ?

I think we'd have to ask the early Chinese...

25 posted on 07/12/2014 11:45:15 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: roadcat

sections of chain, heated red hot, fired from a cannon, managed to take out a LOT of sailing ships rigging and set them on fire!


26 posted on 07/12/2014 11:46:52 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: roadcat
Wonder when some hobbyist will create self-guiding ammo that regular folks can make for themselves...

I'd imagine it IS available; If one considers an RC model plane as ammo; that is.

The Walleye technology is extremely simple to implement.

27 posted on 07/12/2014 11:49:01 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: LonePalm
16"/50 caliber Mark 7?

Shouldn't that be:

16"/50 calibers Mark 7

As in the barrel length is 50 times the shell diameter/caliber?

28 posted on 07/12/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: mandaladon
Roger Rabbit did it first:

Of course, they weren't very bright...

29 posted on 07/12/2014 4:18:33 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: null and void
Uh, no. BuOrd officially designated it as the 16"/50 caliber Mark 7. In this case the Mark 7 referred to the gun barrel.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

30 posted on 07/12/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm

Brought to you by the same people who pronounce “Cache” as “Ca-shay”...


31 posted on 07/12/2014 5:48:43 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: Zeneta

Nicely done. Great movie.


32 posted on 07/12/2014 5:55:07 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Agreed...


33 posted on 07/12/2014 6:52:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Red in Blue PA

I agree... No sarcasm tag here either.


34 posted on 07/12/2014 7:01:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: LonePalm

The point isn’t that it is a signification round in military circles, but this wasn’t reported out by a military magazine.

I believe the double standard is one that is important.

I will admit that the source wasn’t exactly a main stream source, so I’m vulnerable on that point.

I do think we need to hold the media’s feet to the fire.

Hell, they’d demand we get rid of bee-bee guns too, the rounds being so dangerous.


35 posted on 07/12/2014 7:04:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Elsie

Elsie, the point is that the media shouldn’t declare it large one minute and small another.

In an age where bee-bee guns are deemed too dangerous for private ownership, the Left needs to have it’s feet held to the fire for double standards concerning gun or ammunition details.


36 posted on 07/12/2014 7:06:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
Elsie, the point is that the media shouldn’t declare it large one minute and small another.

I've long ago given up ANY thought that the MEDIA is going to be presenting ANYTHING right!

Or consistently the same; too!!

37 posted on 07/13/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DoughtyOne
In an age where bee-bee guns are deemed too dangerous for private ownership...

Ralphie was warned...


38 posted on 07/13/2014 4:59:51 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would not want to be shot by one guy with a .22LR.


39 posted on 07/13/2014 5:02:35 AM PDT by sport
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To: mandaladon

40 posted on 07/13/2014 5:11:47 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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41 posted on 07/13/2014 5:15:21 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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42 posted on 07/13/2014 5:18:05 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: sport

If you are accurate; you don’t have to be very powerful!


43 posted on 07/13/2014 1:51:49 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Covenantor

Where’s the camera?

How does it sense how to correct it’s trajectory??


44 posted on 07/13/2014 1:53:03 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think the term they were looking for was “small arms”. Upper echelon on small arms, admittedly.


45 posted on 07/13/2014 1:56:57 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Elsie

As have I, but we can’t just remain silent as they continue what they are doing.


46 posted on 07/13/2014 11:52:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It seems to me that if you have to register to own a 0.50 caliber, it’s probably considered by somebody to be a rather large round.

Look at what our service members carry. Even there a 0.50 caliber is generally larger than they carry.


47 posted on 07/13/2014 11:55:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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