We have all the best toys, Infantry edition

Posted by: Phineas on December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

For thousands of years, soldiers have known that taking cover is a good idea: the enemy might not see you or, at the very least, the cover would make you harder to hurt. Those have been the rules since before the first cities had been built.

That is, until the US Army decided to rewrite the rules:

It looks and acts like something best left in the hands of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo,” but this latest dream weapon is real — and the US Army sees it becoming the Taliban’s worst nightmare.

The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable “smart” grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.

After years of development, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, about the size of a regular rifle, has now been deployed to US units on the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the Army expects it to be a “game-changer” in its counterinsurgency operations.

“For well over a week, it’s been actively on patrols, and in various combat outposts in areas that are hot,” said Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lehner, program manager for the XM25.

The gun’s stats are formidable: it fires 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet (700 meters), well past the range of most rifles used by today’s soldiers, and programs them to explode at a precise distance, allowing troops to neutralize insurgents hiding behind walls, rocks or trenches or inside buildings.

This is going to make life* miserable for the brave, brave jihadis of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Darn.

Could it be the Army took its inspiration from Monty Python?

*Well, the end of it, anyway.

LINKS: Hot Air, which has a CNN video on the weapon from last year.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Carlos says:

    The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. If it works well for our forces, that would be a good thing.

    But if it does, how soon before China, Russia, Iran or some other international nut case will be supplying (probably from our own stashes) the Taliban with it?

  2. Drew says:

    This reminds me of another Monty Python ditty………can you envision the Taliban scooting while yelling “run away, run away!”