Last year the United States Army introduced a new weapon: the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) System also referred to as an Individual Semiautomatic Air Burst System. The XM25 is an air burst grenade launcher that uses 25mm grenades.
The weapon has a laser rangefinder, which can determine the distance from the soldier to the target. The soldier can adjust the distance by ten feet. Once the target it locked, the weapon automatically sends the distance to the grenade while it is in the firing chamber. The grenade then tracks the distanced traveled by the number of spiral rotations after being fired. Detonation occurs at the proper distance and produces an air burst effect.
The features on the XM25 make it a more desirable and efficient weapon when trying to reach a target that is behind cover or dug into the ground. The XM25 is the first small arms weapon to use smart technology and is a major step forward. Soldiers report it is extremely effective at neutralizing the enemy and have nicknamed it “The Punisher”.
This amazing weapon is currently in use in Afghanistan.
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