November 30, 2010
New Gun Technology Could Be ‘Game Changer’ In Afghanistan
The U.S. military has unveiled a new gun that could help take on the Taliban.
The U.S. Army describes the XM-25 as a "game changer."
It uses a laser guidance system and specially developed 25mm high explosive rounds that are able to be programmed to detonate over a target.
Richard Audette, who helped to develop the technology for the U.S. Army, told BBC that it is a big leap forward because it is the first small arms weapon to use smart technology.
"The way a soldier operates this is basically find your target, then laze (laser) to it, which gives the range, then you get an adjusted aim point, adjust the fire and pull the trigger."
"Say you've lazed out to 543 meters... When you pull the trigger it arms the round and fires it 543 meters plus or minus one, two or three meters."
The weapon can be used to target insurgents hiding behind walls or in ditches without having to call in an air strike.
"That makes it a full solution fire control weapon".
Soldiers serving in Afghanistan have already been issued the new guns.
Image Caption: A Soldier aims an XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It features an array of sights, sensors and lasers housed in a Target Acquisition Fire Control unit on top, an oversized magazine behind the trigger mechanism, and a short, ominous barrel wrapped by a recoil dampening sleeve. Credit: US Army
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