silent scope

With everyone talking about the daring rescue of a Navy captain from Somali pirates with only three sniper shots, it would seem the US has the whole proficiency thing down. But not content with skills alone, the defense department is looking ahead to more advanced sniping. The EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance) program, in development now, hopes to create advanced ammo that changes directions in mid-air to account for moving targets and environmental conditions. Meanwhile, a super scope in development accounts for changes in the atmosphere with a goal of bagging ten times more kills per sniper, and yet another project would use the shimmer we see on warm days to render snipers invisible from afar. Insert “headshot” joke here. [via Wired]