SmartRounds Technology's (SRT) new SmartRounds smart bullets are in 18 mm, .680 caliber, d-shaped, rifled rounds and are fired from gas-powered launchers at upwards of 450 feet per second with an effective range of 100 yards.
SmartRounds are less-lethal, intelligent projectiles designed to offer an alternative to firearms, but with sufficient stopping power to disarm an assailant. They will be available in a number of less-lethal versions including MMS-based rounds. The active MMS (micro- mechanical system) controlled version senses when the round is fired and when it hits its target. It then activates the payload in a micro-second, reducing the chances of penetration.
One special SRT projectile called ShockRounds contains a liquefied compressed gas and activates a high-powered "shock wave" that expands rapidly upon impact and attacks three of the five human senses, disabling the assailant. These projectiles are fired from pneumatic rifle launchers, which are modeled after the Colt Industries M4 carbine. Other launchers are modeled after a popular, semi-automatic handgun, ideal for close quarters combat.
While the less-lethal versions of SmartRounds do not have the deadly stopping power of high-velocity bullets fired from a firearm, such deadly force is generally not necessary to deter many typical crimes. Moreover, there are many situations where deadly force is either not needed or wanted.