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DARPA announced two contracts with Lockeed Martin and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging last Tuesday, enabling the companies to begin designing a super, .50-cal. rifle that fires guided bullets. Lockheed’s “Exacto,” or Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, project received $12.3 million while Teledyne got another $9.5 million to develop their solutions for DARPA’s laser-guided bullet solicitation.

Should the developed systems work, they will “provide a dramatic new capability to the U.S. military,” DARPA says. “The use of an actively controlled bullet will make it possible to counter environmental effects such as crosswinds and air density, and prosecute both stationary and moving targets while enhancing shooter covertness.”

[ Via Gizmodo ]

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