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US military developing self-guiding bullet (VIDEO)

The ammo has tiny fins that can modify the flight path at up to 30 times per second.
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The US military is developing a bullet that can change its own course in flight, BBC reported.

While some are concerned that these weapons could fall into the wrong hands, researchers claim the more precise the ammunition, the fewer civilian casualties. 

Elizabeth Quintana, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute, told the BBC that "97% of NATO's weapons hit their target to within about 2 meters," in the Libya campaign. "This would be a revolution for ground forces, and may help further cut down on civilian casualties in future conflicts," she went on.

In a press release put out by the bullet's developer, Sandia Laboratories, described how it works:

"Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target."

"Potential customers for the bullet include the military, law enforcement and recreational shooters," said Sandia.

Here is a video released by Sandia Laboratories: