U.S. Army's XM25 Fires Bullets that Target Enemies Behind Cover

No place to hide for Taliban

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The U.S. Army is getting some new high-tech weapons that will mean there is no place to hide for enemies. The new weapons use smart bullets that allow the weapon to attack targets that are hiding behind cover. The innovative new weapon is being hailed as a game changer, with good reason.

The weapon can fire its bullet up and over barriers and the bullets can be fired down into trenches on a battlefield. The official name of the weapon is the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. The weapon has a range of about 2,300 feet and is set to see action in Afghanistan this month. The projectiles that the weapon fires are set to explode when they reach a set distance.

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The weapon was developed specifically for the U.S. Army and uses a laser range finder to determine the exact distance to the target to set the bullet to explode. The rangefinder will give the solider an exact range to a target and then the warrior can add or subtract up to three meters from the distance to have the projectile explode under, over, or beside the target.

The army is expected to purchase 12,500 of the XM25 rifles this year, which is enough to outfit every member off the infantry and special forces. A button beside the trigger adds one meter to the range that the laser range finder calculates to the target. The bullet would then explode with the force of a hand grenade. Initially, the weapon will fire rounds that are high explosives but future projectiles could aim to stun rather than kill.

Each of the rounds will cost in the area of $24. Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, the project manager for the weapon said, "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."

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