Tuesday, May 11, 2010

XM-25 Heading to Afghanistan With Green Berets


XM-25 Heading to Afghanistan
With Green Berets

A new level of lethality has dawned as the
Army has announced it is set to deploy the XM-25 Individual Airburst Weapon with
a Special Forces unit who will take it with them to Afghanistan "this summer."
This marks the first real-world use of the Starship Troopers-esque gun that
fires a "smart" 25mm round which can explode in a pre-programmed proximity to a

XM-25 Individual Airburst Weapon System (IAWS)

The IAWS is a next-generation, semi-automatic weapon designed for effectiveness
against enemies protected by walls, dug into foxholes, or hidden in
hard-to-reach places.

The IAWS provides the soldier with a 300% to 500% increase in hit probability to
defeat point, area, and defilade targets out to 500 meters. The weapon features
revolutionary high-explosive, airburst ammunition programmed by the weapon's
target acquisition/fire control system.

The IAWS integrates ballistics computation in the full-solution Target
Acquisition/Fire Control (TA/FC) system. The soldier places the aim point on
target and activates the laser rangefinder. The fire control system provides an
adjusted aim point. The soldier places the adjusted aim point on target and
pulls the trigger. Target information is communicated to the chambered 25mm
round. As the round speeds down range, it measures the distance traveled and
bursts precisely at the preprogrammed distance.

The IAWS precisely delivers airbursting munitions in all conditions. It is five
times more lethal at the M203 maximum range and continues to provide lethality
well beyond the M203's maximum ability. The system is designed for optimum
performance at 300 meters but will perform to 500 meters and beyond. It includes
five different types of ammunition:

•High-explosive airbursting


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