Orbital ATK: US Army Will Start Testing Smart Grenade Launcher In 2016
Orbital ATK: US Army Will Start Testing Smart Grenade Launcher In 2016

Orbital ATK: “US Army” Will Start Testing Smart Grenade Launcher In 2016

The United States Army just announced plans to begin testing of a new smart grenade launcher capable of zeroing in on covered/hidden targets.

Orbital ATK, also manufacturer of space and aviation products, has developed a “smart” grenade launcher known as the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System.

Orbital ATK calls the XM25 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 XM25 includes a program called the Target Acquisition/Fire Control (TA/FC), a mechanism that helps soldiers to shoot accurately. It allows the XM25 to digitally communicate with the bullet, increasing a soldier’s hit probability by 300 to 500 percent.

The TA/FC uses “thermal capability with direct-view optics, laser rangefinder, compass, fuze setter, ballistic computer, laser pointer and illuminator, and an internal display.”

According to Orbital ATK, a soldier with basic rifleman abilities simply has to place the aim point on a designated target and activate the laser rangefinder. The TA/FC activates and provides an adjusted aim point, which is then put on a target. The last thing the soldier does is fire the weapon. “Target information is communicated to the chambered 25 mm round. As the round speeds down range, it measures the distance traveled and bursts at the pre-programmed distance,” as was written in the XM25 fact sheet.

The XM25 performs best at 300 meters, but that can be extended up to 500 meters. It also fires several different types of bullets: armor piercing, blunt, airburst, door breaching, high explosive air bursting, and training.

The high explosive air bursting and training ammunitions are currently in development, while the remaining four rounds are scheduled for development in the future.

The XM25 is expected to be produced on a limited scale in 2016.


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