Grenades that Target Enemies Behind Barriers and Bullets that Change Direction [Video]

January 07, 2015

Grenades that Target Enemies Behind Barriers and Bullets that Change Direction [Video]

You heard it here first: The United States military may soon be using grenades that can target enemies hiding behind walls or trees and our snipers may be using bullets that change direction after being fired!

We just can't get enough of all this cool, new military technology. Yesterday, we shared a blog post on new military helicopters unveiled in 2014. We've written about Army exosuits and linked to posts about the Navy testing laser weapons.

We've written about the topic so much that we're now creating a new Military Technology category where you can find cool military innovations - ones that exist or are still in development.

Military Develops New, Lethal Grenades

This new, high-tech grenade - Small Arms Grenade Munition - will detect a barrier and explode just after passing it which will inflict damage on a concealed enemy. This new grenade technology is being developed by the Joint Service Small Arms Program at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

Besides helping troops take out fighters behind obstacles, the Small Arms Grenade Munition also offers greater accuracy over long distances. This new grenade technology will work with M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launchers.

Direction-Changing Bullets

Don't bother looking this one up on as this is a real story. The United States military is working with a contractor to develop bullets that change directions after being fired.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) video below shows live-fire tests of the EXACTO Program (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance) which is under development by California’s Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC.

According to DARPA, “The EXACTO .50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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