Hollywood Inspires Pentagon

People get the weirdest invention ideas from the movies today. Just like the film "Wanted", the Pentagon is now funding $22 million into researching ammo that could change course mid-flight to hit their targets. DARPA, the Defense Department's R&D office, is giving out $9.5 million to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging and $12.3 million to Lockheed Martin to create .50-caliber sniper rifles with guided bullets.

Lockheed Martin is working on what is called as the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (Exacto), a project that would enable ammo to travel accurately regardless of the surrounding environment.

The rifle may include “fin-stabilized projectiles, spin-stabilized projectiles, internal and/or external aero-actuation control methods, projectile guidance technologies, tamper proofing, small stable power supplies, and advanced sighting, optical resolution and clarity technologies.”

I wonder what could be next? Real-life robot Transformers?

I still find $22 million too much money to spend on bullets. I better be off spending that amount on cloning Angelina Jolie.

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