14 Apr 2009
The story of the Navy Seal snipers easily picking off those pirates on Easter Sunday, leading to the heroic rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, is the stuff that makes great movies. The raw talent of the Navy Seals snipers is absolutely astounding. What would make their skills even more astounding are the new laser-guided bullets that are capable of changing course in mid-air.
Called EXACTO (EXtreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance), these $22 million smart bullets tech can sense air currents and moving targets. As such, it actually adjusts its flight so it can stay exactly on course. Here’s the solicitation from DARPA. As a got geoint? reader pointed out to us last week in our story about DARPA creating technologies for seeing through concrete walls, it is innovators from the industry side who are providing these amazing defense technologies.
Oh, and on a separate note, the pirates off of Somalia are unwavering in their actions. This story just broke about how they just hijacked a 35,000-ton Greek-owned bulk carrier. Unbelievable.