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notorious
12-01-2010, 07:18 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101201/sc_afp/usmilitaryweaponsafghanistan


WASHINGTON (AFP) It looks and acts like something best left in the hands of Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo," but this latest dream weapon is real -- and the US Army sees it becoming the Taliban's worst nightmare.

The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.

After years of development, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, about the size of a regular rifle, has now been deployed to US units on the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the Army expects it to be a "game-changer" in its counterinsurgency operations.

"For well over a week, it's been actively on patrols, and in various combat outposts in areas that are hot," said Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lehner, program manager for the XM25.

The gun's stats are formidable: it fires 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet (700 meters), well past the range of most rifles used by today's soldiers, and programs them to explode at a precise distance, allowing troops to neutralize insurgents hiding behind walls, rocks or trenches or inside buildings.

"This is the first time we're putting smart technology into the hands of the individual soldier," Lehner told AFP in a telephone interview.

"It's giving them the edge," he said, in the harsh Afghan landscape where Islamist extremists have vexed US troops using centuries-old techniques of popping up from behind cover to engage.

"You get behind something when someone is shooting at you, and that sort of cover has protected people for thousands of years," Lehner said.

"Now we're taking that away from the enemy forever."

PEO Soldier says studies show the XM25 is 300 percent more effective than current weapons at the squad level.

The revolutionary advance involves an array of sights, sensors and lasers that reads the distance to the target, assesses elements such as air pressure, temperature, and ballistics and then sends that data to the microchip embedded in the XM25 shell before it is launched.

Previous grenade launchers needed to arc their shells over cover and land near the target to be effective.

"It takes out a lot of the variables that soldiers have to contemplate and even guess at," Lehner said.

If, for example, an enemy combatant pops up from behind a wall to fire at US troops and then ducks behind it, an XM25 gunner can aim the laser range finder at the top of the wall, then program the shell to detonate one meter beyond it, showering lethal fragmentation where the insurgent is seeking cover.

Use of the XM25 can slash civilian deaths and damage, the Army argues, because its pinpointed firepower offers far less risk than larger mortars or air strikes.

The result, the Army says, is "very limited collateral damage."

The Pentagon plans to purchase at least 12,500 of the guns -- at a price tag of 25,000 to 30,000 dollars each -- beginning next year, enough for one in each Infantry squad and Special Forces team.

Lehner said the XM25 was special in that it requires comparatively little training, because the high-powered technology does so much of the work.

"This system is turning soldiers with average shooting skills into those with phenomenal shooting skills," he said.

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Hog Farmer
12-01-2010, 07:19 AM
Heh, I was watching a video on this last week. Awesome weapon. Good thread!

tonyetony
12-01-2010, 07:27 AM
This baby should really help our boys. I like it.

Old Dog
12-01-2010, 07:44 AM
Saw a demo on one a few months ago. Bad assed piece of equipment.

jiveturkey
12-01-2010, 07:59 AM
That's bad ass. Where's the vid Mr. Farmer?

Chief Henry
12-01-2010, 08:03 AM
Terrorist chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jackfrost nipping at their nose...

jjjayb
12-01-2010, 08:05 AM
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Fish
12-01-2010, 08:07 AM
The soldiers get dumber, and the weapons get smarter....

Fire Me Boy!
12-01-2010, 08:10 AM
How do I get this thing in Fallout New Vegas?

Amnorix
12-01-2010, 08:10 AM
The soldiers get dumber, and the weapons get smarter....

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Bane
12-01-2010, 08:12 AM
Whatever it takes to get the shit done!
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InChiefsHell
12-01-2010, 08:13 AM
The soldiers get dumber, and the weapons get smarter....

I don't think our soldiers are dumb. That's just me I guess...

gblowfish
12-01-2010, 08:18 AM
Pair this with the Holy Hand Grenade, and we have a winner winner chicken dinner!

salame
12-01-2010, 08:19 AM
I like the article explains taking cover lol

InChiefsHell
12-01-2010, 08:23 AM
I like the article explains taking cover lol

Yeah, this was a great line:

"It's giving them the edge," he said, in the harsh Afghan landscape where Islamist extremists have vexed US troops using centuries-old techniques of popping up from behind cover to engage.

Centuries old technique. Apparently, hiding is now a technique...

JD10367
12-01-2010, 08:46 AM
Meh. Gene Simmons invented this decades ago. (1:55 in.)

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bowener
12-01-2010, 10:41 AM
Yeah, this was a great line:



Centuries old technique. Apparently, hiding is now a technique...

Red Coats say whaa?

bowener
12-01-2010, 10:42 AM
Meh. Gene Simmons invented this decades ago. (1:55 in.)

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LOL I forgot his ugly ass was in that. Awesome actor though... said with heavy sarcasm.

edit:

This new gun sucks though... now all the n00bs are going to use this in Modern Warfare 3. Fuck.

Fairplay
12-01-2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, many awesome new weapons.

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Detoxing
12-01-2010, 11:01 AM
Great. Wait till the noob tubers get ahold of this. Black ops will be unplayable.

Pants
12-01-2010, 11:33 AM
Obviously they stole the idea from the Fifth Element.

Can't really expect anything original from anyone these days.

Bowser
12-01-2010, 11:38 AM
How much longer until we have that battle armor from District 9?

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ClevelandBronco
12-01-2010, 11:39 AM
You'd better believe I'm exercising my 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear and play with one of these things. My neighborhood will soon be squirrelless within a 700 meter radius of my back deck.

kcfanXIII
12-01-2010, 12:00 PM
Obviously they stole the idea from the Fifth Element.

Can't really expect anything original from anyone these days.

i was scrolling through the guide on the tv the other day, and as i passed over the classic movie channels i slowed down to see if there were any westerns on. i don't remmeber the name of the movie, but it was from the 50's and was a remake of a film from the 30's. i chuckled a little to myself because evidently ripping off something that's already been done isn't a new idea afterall...

ClevelandBronco
12-01-2010, 12:06 PM
i was scrolling through the guide on the tv the other day, and as i passed over the classic movie channels i slowed down to see if there were any westerns on. i don't remmeber the name of the movie, but it was from the 50's and was a remake of a film from the 30's. i chuckled a little to myself because evidently ripping off something that's already been done isn't a new idea afterall...

Someone already said that.

baitism
12-01-2010, 12:17 PM
The soldiers get dumber, and the weapons get smarter....

People call soldiers dumb because most aren't "educated." What they forget is most soldiers are straight out of high school, and the people talking weren't any smarter at that time either.

On the battlefield you need common sense, which most have (or learn after experiencing combat). Those are the skills they need, not being able to recite Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

I know plenty of book smart people that wouldn't last 20 minutes in downtown at night, let alone a battlefield.

'Hamas' Jenkins
12-01-2010, 12:40 PM
That's cool and all, but I'd rather the US Military just equip the troops with Sleight of Hand Pro and put FMJ on a rifle with good iron sights like the SCAR so they can get penetration kills without being a bunch of n00b tubers.

Pants
12-01-2010, 01:09 PM
That's cool and all, but I'd rather the US Military just equip the troops with Sleight of Hand Pro and put FMJ on a rifle with good iron sights like the SCAR so they can get penetration kills without being a bunch of n00b tubers.

They need SitRep pro so they can spot IEDs from across the map.