DARPA demonstrates breakthrough in self-guided bullets

"True to DARPA's mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target," Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager said in the release. "This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that EXACTO is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds."

The program from the Pentagon's research arm is a major innovation in rifle accuracy. If ever made public, this kind of technology could potentially bring hyper-acute accuracy from warzones to hunter's rifles.

For DARPA, the EXACTO program also goes a long way in enhancing troop safety – allowing greater shooter standoff ranges and "reduction in target engagement timelines," according to the release.