Smartphones, smart TVs, smart windows – how about smart bullets? Sure, you do not have the mad skills of the assassins in the action flick Wanted, but how about letting technology work on your behalf? The US Army has come up with a warhead which will hang around in mid-air while it searches for a human target. Fret not, even if you are the target, this “magic bullet” will not kill you. Part of the “Nonlethal Warhead for Miniature Organic Precision Munitions”, it is a modification of something called the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), where the warhead should be able to lock down on a human sized target in under 20 seconds within its combat range, flying around 100 meters above ground, and if no targets are detected, it will hang around the area for up to half an hour. What happens after the 30 minute mark? I don’t think I am in a position to answer that.
I guess you can say that this is an active “trip wire” ammunition of sorts – it will wait until it detects a human around, before it gets the job done. Trip wires, on the other hand, will not be able to tell the difference between a human and an animal. It would be interesting to see how such a “magic bullet” is able to turn the tide of the war.
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