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    New U.S. Army Rifles!

    No hiding place from new U.S. Army rifles that use radio-
    controlled smart bullets

    The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System has a range of roughly 2,300 feet - and is to be deployed in Afghanistan this month.

    The rifle's gunsight uses a laser rangefinder to determine the exact distance to the obstruction, after which the soldier can add or subtract up to 3 metres from that distance to enable the bullets to clear the barrier and explode above or beside the target.

    Soldiers will be able to use them to target snipers hidden in trenches rather than calling in air strikes.

    The 25-millimetre round contains a chip that receives a radio signal from the gunsight as to the precise distance to the target.

    Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, project manager for the system, described the weapon as a 'game-changer' that other nations will try and copy.

    He expects the Army to buy 12,500 of the XM25 rifles this year.

    Lehner told FoxNews: 'With this weapon system,
    we take away cover from [enemy targets] forever.

    'Tactics are going to have to be rewritten.
    The only thing we can see [enemies] being able to do is run away.'

    Experts say the rifle means that enemy troops will no longer
    be safe if they take cover

    The XM25 appears perfect weapon for street-to-street fighting that troops in Afghanistan have to engage in, with enemy fighters hiding behind walls and only breaking cover to fire occasionally.

    The weapon's laser finder would work out how far away the enemy was and then the U.S. soldier would add one metre using a button near the trigger.

    When fired, the explosive round would carry exactly one metre past the wall and explode with the force of a hand grenade above the Taliban fighter.

    The army's project manager for new weapons, Douglas Tamilio, said:

    'This is the first leap-ahead technology for troops that we've beenable to develop and deploy.'

    A patent granted to the bullet's maker, Alliant Techsystems,
    reveals that the chip can calculate how far it has travelled.
    Mr Tamilio said: 'You could shoot a Javelin missile, and it would cost $43,000. These rounds will end up costing $15.50 apiece.They're relatively cheap. Lehner added:

    This is a game-changer.

    The enemy has learned to get cover, for hundreds if not thousands of years.

    Well, they can't do that anymore.We're taking that cover from them and there's only two outcomes:

    We're going to get you behind that cover or force you to flee.
    The rifle will initially use high-explosive rounds, but its makers say that it might later use versions with smaller explosive charges that aim to stun rather than kill..

    One of the revolutionary bullets which can be pre-programmedto explode to hit troops that are hiding

  2. Smart bit of kit although it's something that can take out and detect IED's that's more urgent I would have thought.
    There is a clip on U tube of four weaponed Afghans diving behind a wall for cover,a USA Soldier puts a couple of .50 cal thru the wall and a hideous big red stain appears on the wall behind them!they were all shredded!
    I think it was some kind of special round but I'm not sure,certainly caused the "pink mist" as he said.
  3. Min 6:20 ish Sniper Kill Shot !! Barret M107 - YouTube
  4. The current cost for each round is sitting at around $1000, quite some distance away from the hopefull $15.50. Still cheaper than a Javelin which they seem to use alot for taking out infantry targets undercover.
  5. How long before an impatient or frightened american accidentally targets british soldiers moving through cover with this. It doesn't happen to coincide with extra development of the battle lid does it?
  6. Bit unsporting.... :violent1:
  7. Mmmmm, how long before the [enemy] get hold of one and hey presto the playing field has just been levelled!!!!
  8. Even if they did, I hope the ammunition would be short lived! After they had worked out how it works.

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