02 Feb '12, 1am

US engineers create 'self-guided' bullet that can hit target over a kilometre away

US engineers create 'self-guided' bullet that can hit target over a kilometre away

In this undated photo provided by Sandia National Laboratories, a time exposure, a light-emitting diode, or LED, attached to a self-guided bullet at Sandia National Laboratories shows a bright path during a nighttime field test. -- PHOTO: AP ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) - Engineers in the United States (US) have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target 1.6km away, a lab announced on Tuesday. According to Sandia National Laboratories engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. It can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air, officials said. Sandia technical staff member Jim Jones said he thinks the .50-calibre bullets would work well with military machine guns, so soldiers could hit their mark faster and with precision. 'We've tested gunpowders to see if we ca...

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