U.S. Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' XM25 Rifle in AfghanistanSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:48
U.S. Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published November 28, 2010
Since the dawn of modern warfare, the best way to stay alive in the face of incoming fire has been to take cover behind a wall. But thanks to a game-changing "revolutionary" rifle, the U.S. Army has made that tactic dead on arrival. Now the enemy can run, but he can't hide.
After years of development, the U.S. Army has unleashed a new weapon in Afghanistan -- the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, a high-tech rifle that can be programmed so that its 25-mm. ammunition detonates either in front of or behind a target, meaning it can be fired just above a wall before it explodes and kills the enemy.
It also has a range of roughly 2,300 feet -- nearly the length of eight football fields -- making it possible to fire at targets well past the range of the rifles and carbines that most soldiers carry today