This is the XM25 weapon system, and it is the first-ever programmable “smart” grenade launcher. It is called “smart” because this shoulder-mounted weapon uses micro-chipped ammunition to fire 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet, which is well past the range of most rifles. The XM25 then programs these shells to explode at a precise distance. This allows for neutralizing insurgents behind walls, rocks, trenches, or even inside buildings. According to a recent quote, this “sort of cover has protected people for thousands of years”, and now this smart technology is in the hands of the soldier “for the first time”.

16f3d5248400x199.jpg XM25 combat weapon deployed to Afghanistan

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XM25 combat weapon deployed to Afghanistan