U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

Summary: The U.S. Army's long-awaited, experimental 25mm airburst weapon is headed for battlefields in Afghanistan this month. Labeled a "game-changer," the $35,000 high-tech rifle is capable of firing explosive bullets that can detonate front of or behind a target.

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The U.S. Army's long-awaited, experimental 25mm airburst weapon is headed for battlefields in Afghanistan this month.

Labeled a "game-changer," the $35,000 high-tech rifle is capable of firing explosive bullets that can detonate front of or behind a target.  It's designed to give soldiers the option to fire on snipers taking cover in trenches, behind walls or inside buildings rather than calling in artillery fire or an air strike.

It could rewrite age-old battlefield tactics since the enemy will no longer have a place to hide.

(Credit: U.S. Army)

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, is much like a grenade launcher that fires laser-guided smart rounds. The laser gauges a distance to target and allows the soldier to then add or subtract up to 3 meters to set where the round will explode either above or beside the target.

Once the trigger is pulled and the round leaves the barrel, a computer chip inside the ammunition receives information from the scope about how far it should travel before exploding.

Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, project manager for the system said in a statement: "With this weapon system, we take away cover from [enemy targets] forever. Tactics are going to have to be rewritten. The only thing we can see [enemies] being able to do is run away."

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  • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

    and then what new war are you guys gonna start? Maybe its really time to bring the boys (and girls) home for Christmas.
    Bradish@...
    • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

      @Bradish@...
      ...any one that protects ours and potentially your freedom.
      Kabcock
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  • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

    Missing the "have" in "... the enemy will no longer [have] a place to hide." awesome article though.
    Charliemilton
    • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

      @Charliemilton

      Fixed, and thank you!
      christopher_jablonski
  • Pretty cool!

    This weapon can make a big difference, especially in Afghanistan.
    pjotr123
  • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

    This isn't laser guided, it's a laser rangefinder. It's a man portable round with an adjustable fuse to detonate before or after the range.

    But still a game changer.
    See2010
  • What Happens When The Enemy Gets Them Too?

    Then we switch to robots.
    yobtaf
  • RE: U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

    How the enemy will deal with this is simple.<br>Just hire the soldiers over to the Taliban side.<br><br>Now don't get all emotional and say what the hey,<br><br>This is just a logical solution to the 'new' problem that <br>the taliban has.
    colinmaharaj@...