The U.S. Army will soon add “smart” grenade launchers to its arsenal.
Most launchers don’t do damage until the grenade comes into contact with the ground, wall, or a turban. But the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement gives its launcher the ability to detonate the goods at any time, including mid-air, thanks to a laser rangefinder. Like most “smart” technology, I assume it will also be iPhone compatible, so you can blast “Danger Zone” or stream Braveheart from any point on the battlefield.
According to the specs, a soldier just lines up the little red dot with where he wants the grenade to blow, and target information is sent to the chambered 25mm round. This enables a soldier to detonate directly above a hidden baddie, increasing hit probability 300 to 500 percent.
Ammunition also comes in a non-lethal flavor, so cops can use it to immobilize a target without killing them (sometimes I crack myself up). The XM25 was unveiled after five years of development, and will begin field testing next year.
I want a turn. I want a turn.
I’m sure they’ll carry these bad boys in Walmart soon enough..
[via Daily Dot]
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