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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 06:53 AM
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New XM25 and M240 due to hit war zones soon


The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System calculates the range to a target with a push of a button and transfers the data to the electronic fuse built into the 25mm round. When fired, the projectile is designed to explode directly above a target, raining shrapnel down on an enemy crouched behind cover.


New XM25 and M240 due to hit war zones soon
By Matthew Cox - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 17, 2010 5:52:31 EDT

Special Forces soldiers will take the XM25 to war this summer for an operational test of the Armys first shoulder-fired, smart rifle.

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System is an offshoot of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program the Army began in 1994 to maximize ground-soldier firepower.

The futuristic-looking XM25 is capable of shooting air-bursting 25mm projectiles out to 750 meters.

With its boxy stock and oversized sighting device, the XM25 resembles the weapons carried by actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 movie Men in Black.

The weapons target acquisition system calculates the range to a target with a push of a button and transfers the data to the electronic fuse built into the 25mm round. When fired, the projectile is designed to explode directly above a target, raining shrapnel down on an enemy crouched behind cover.



unhappycamper comment: This gives new meaning to the phrase 'Reach out and touch someone.'
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 06:56 AM
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1. I am a firm believer
that if you have to fight, bring a nuclear weapon to a knife fight (yes, that hyperbole).
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 07:14 AM
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2. I thought it was the other way round ...
Ace Levy: Sir, I don't understand. What goods' a knife in a nuke fight? All you have to do is press a button, sir.
Career Sergeant Zim: Put your hand on that wall trooper. PUT YOUR HAND ON THAT WALL!

Career Sergeant Zim: The enemy can not press a button... if you have disabled his hand. Medic!

:)
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 08:53 AM
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4. On the bounce trooper!
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 11:41 AM
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11. Good scene in a bad movie!
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 11:47 AM
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12. The movie was so bad it was good.
However the book was actually good. Had the followed the book it would have made a much better movie.

"The Forever War" is also a good read.
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 12:06 PM
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13. The book is one of my all time favorites.
The movie would have been much better if they followed the book more.

It does round the corner. My friends and I have a "bad/good movie" night every week and we've watched Starship Troopers I, II and III. Lolz-worthy.

Forever War is badass too, I wonder what a movie version of that would be like?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 07:18 AM
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3. The overcompensation is getting ridiculous
Where does the soldier put it when he's done handling it?
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architect359 Donating Member (544 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 09:03 AM
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5. What do you mean? nt.
Edited on Mon May-17-10 09:04 AM by architect359
:shrug:
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 09:25 AM
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6. Overcompensation?
This is the natural next step in the evolution of small arms.
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Dogtown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 02:08 PM
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17. We need some progress
evolving ourselves. Our weapons are already dealy enough.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 09:30 AM
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7. Yes, let's kill more Middle-Easterners and Asians whose lands we've invaded.
Edited on Mon May-17-10 09:30 AM by WinkyDink
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 09:55 AM
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8. Sure does.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 11:03 AM
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9. While not the headline grabber or as impressive as billion dollar ships and planes
this sort of system will do more for our troops in terms of helping them win fights and come home in one piece.
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greencharlie Donating Member (827 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 11:10 AM
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10. mmmm....
just IMAGINE the size of the CONTRACT to the manufacturer... someone's gonna' buy a new yacht.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 12:35 PM
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14. No kidding. How much is each round fired? Probably a thousand bucks. nt
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-..__... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 01:02 PM
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15. Not as awesome as a Zorg ZF-1...
but we're getting there...


Link to video demo...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pxjnl1yuXk
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 01:32 PM
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16. Impressive. Glad its ours. (nt)
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