Engineers in the US have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target more than a mile away.
According to Sandia National Laboratories engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. It can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air, officials said.
Sandia technical staff member Jim Jones said he thinks the .50-calibre bullets would work well with military machine guns, so soldiers could hit their mark faster and with precision.
It’s pretty fascinating that they’ve managed to shrink laser guidance down to such a small level.
And I can see some niche applications for this in the future.
But realistically, for a .50cal machine gun today, the real limit on its ability to actually hit a target isn’t the accuracy of the gun, or even the gunner. The real trouble is actually being able to see the target. Spotting an enemy at half a mile, when he’s hiding behind a rock or bush or whatnot, is a very challenging task. But if you can locate that enemy, killing him becomes a simple matter.