The problem of creation of new intellectual tools stands in front of the military around the world have a very long time. In this area, it was a huge amount of research. But, like any funny it sounded standard homing bullets was created with 2 engineers enthusiasts Redom Jones and Brian Kast, of Sandia National Laboratories. They reported the successful conduct of the first tests of the working standard. It looks like 15 million dollars allocated for development, nebyli wasted. On the back side of the bullet was set LED which given the opportunity to trace the movements of her flight in the course of the night testing. It was found that the electronics, the mechanics and the battery survived the shot, the flight to the target at high speed, and its defeat at the distance of about 2 km.
In fact, this model is more resembles a small rocket, not a bullet. Dimensions bullets are about 10 cm and it is intended for use in small-caliber smoothbore firearms. At its bow an optical sensor which determines the light point on the target. Then, with the sensor information is transmitted to a compact microprocessor which 30 times per second can adjust the line of motion of its flight, with all this using a small control drives feathered bullets. This bullet is not shaken even on the decline. With all this speed it is twice speed sound. Uncontrolled bullet of the same size deviates from the target within a kilometer, approximately 10 meters, while the controlled — of 20 cm
Developers had to abandon the concept of rifled guns, as in flight homing bullet should not spin. However, one hundred percent excluding the rotation was not possible, but it is only a few turns on the second.
All the studies have confirmed that the homing bullet capable of withstanding all loads without any damage, with all this develop speed to 730 meters per second. But developers say that the speed can be further increment.
Apart from testing in open space, and tests were carried out indoors. According to the developers, the target accuracy may increase as the distance, as in this case, there is more time for holding adjust the trajectory of the flight.
Plan to apply the latest technology first in the sniper weapon. At present, the record for the defeat of a live target in the criteria established real combat English sniper Corporal Craig Harrison which was able to shoot a 2-fighters at a distance of about 2.5 km. The implication is that the homing bullet will be able to break this record. Apart from this, a similar technology can be used in aircraft shells, increasing accuracy with artillery fighters. The components, which are made of a bullet, fully available in the market, because you can not make it special problems of mass creation.
Manage laboratory does not refute the fact that there is a need for some improvements. Yet, today the laboratory is engaged in the search for partners for the testing and development of "smart" bullets and the upcoming launch it on the market. Apart from the military establishment, the alleged buyers of the number of officers. Chance of the sale of such weapons and civilian personnel, but in this case the authorities is excellent loaf, is to resolve this type of implementation.