Army Calling Researchers For Algorithm-Based 'Smart' Bullets

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The Army wants to outfit one of its chain guns already in use with a system that would feed 300 rounds a minute of any type of round, Wired reports. 

MC230 chain guns are installed on Apache helicopters, but the Army wants technology that will give the machine gun operator the ability to select a specific round type for a particular shot. 

According to the Army solicitation, the new breed of technologies the Amy wants include smart bullets that change course midair and smart grenades that can be scheduled to explode at a certain location and time. 

Previously, the Army has sought similar systems than can mix gun rounds and allow users to choose their ammunition but the guns would jam too quickly, Wired reports. 

With an increasing number of sensors and algorithms that help machines complete tasks, the Army hopes it will be able to develop technologies based on similar structures to sort and pick ammunition at ultra-high speed.

Smart-bullet technology could apply to the healthcare industry to conduct vial labeling or complete other monotonous tasks, the Army said.

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