Air Burst grenade launchers.

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  1. Cobber

    Cobber New Member


    The US Army Special forces will be first to use the new hi tech " counter Defilade" air bursting grenade weapon in combat this Northern summer.
    The XM-25 individual Air Burst Weapon is a Heckler & Koch made 25mm high explosive grenade launcher which can engage enemy's where conventional grenades/launchers cannot.
    It combines an array of sensors, lasers, optics with a micro chipped embedded 25mm high explosive round, information is fed into the chip re range, height, and suitable time for explosion. It also has a range up to 700 Metres. At appropxamatly $ 25,000 per weapon it is still cheaper than having to use a hellfire missile from a Apache Gun ship and the like.

    XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon System
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    For the sniper rifle, see XM25 Sniper Rifle.
    XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon System

    A Soldier aims an XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md.
    Type Grenade launcher
    Production history
    Designer Heckler & Koch
    Manufacturer Heckler & Koch
    Weight 14 lbs (6.35 kg)


    Cartridge 25 x 40 mm
    Effective range 500 m point, 1000 m area

    The XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon System.The XM25 is an airburst grenade launcher derived from the XM29 OICW.

    It fires 25 mm grenades that are set to explode in mid-air at or near the target. A laser rangefinder in the gun is used to determine the distance to the target. The user can manually adjust the detonating distance by up to three meters shorter or longer. The gun automatically transmits the detonating distance to the grenade in the firing chamber. The grenade tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of spiral rotations after it is fired.[1] These features make the XM25 more effective than traditional grenade launchers at the task of hitting targets that are behind cover or dug into the ground.

    The system is under development by Heckler & Koch and Alliant Techsystems, while the target acquisition/fire control is developed by L-3 IOS Brashear. The most recent deployment plans call for a purchase of 12,500 XM25s at a projected cost per weapon system of $25,000.[2]

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    1 Specifications
    2 Program status
    3 See also
    4 References
    5 External links

    [edit] Specifications
    Caliber: Low-velocity 25 x 40 mm grenade.
    High-explosive airbursting.
    Range: 500 m point, 700 m area.
    Operation: Gas operated semi-automatic.
    System weight: 14 lbs (6.35 kg).
    Target acquisition/fire control (XM104).
    Weight: 2.54 lbs
    4x thermal sight with zoom.
    2x direct view optical sight.
    Ballistic computer.
    Digital compass.
    Laser rangefinder.
    Ammunition fuse setter.
    Environmental sensors.

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