The new XM-25 Individual Air Burst Weapon drops grenades just where you need them

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The new XM-25 Individual Air Burst Weapon drops grenades just where you need them

The U.S. Army is set to start testing a computerized, high-tech projectile launcher that can take out bad guys hiding around corners and in caves or trenches, even if they're out of the soldier's line of sight.

The XM-25 Individual Air Burst Weapon uses a laser rangefinder to precisely measure the distance to a target, then primes a fuse on a timed grenade so that the projectile explodes exactly where it should.
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The way a soldier operates this is you basically find your target, then laze to it, which gives the range, then you get an adjusted aim point, adjust fire and pull the trigger.

Say you've lazed out to 543 meters ... when you pull the trigger it arms the round and fires it 543 meters plus or minus a one-, two- or three-meter increment, then it explodes over the target.
deputy program manager Richard Audette told Army News Service.

A squad trying to neutralize an enemy fighter wouldn't have to wait until he showed himself instead, they could just aim to a spot near him, then use the XM-25 to have a grenade explode directly there.
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For example, in Iraq we had many instances where there was a sniper firing from a rooftop and you have a squad trying to engage that target, but the soldiers couldn't get to him with the weapons they had, so they'd call in the Air Force to drop a JDAM (joint direct attack munition),.

We can take out the target at $25 per XM round as opposed to a $20,000 to $50,000 JDAM.
With a range of 750 meters nearly half a mile the XM-25 would also be very effective in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters often hide behind rocks and in caves.

In addition to precision-timed grenades, the gun is also built to fire armor-piercing, door-breaching, anti-personnel and less-than-lethal rounds.

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By netchicken: posted on 1-6-2009

Very neat technology, but with all that computerization you just now it's not gonna work properly.
By mg.mikael: posted on 5-6-2009








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