Alliant Techsystems has developed a grenade launcher that works like a rifle and is called the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. The grenade includes electronics inside that are programmed by the launcher when fired. A soldier uses a laser to mark the target and determine the target’s distance. Then the soldier selects when the grenade will detonate – before, at or past the target. The launcher is fired and grenade explodes where programmed. By exploding past a target and using a hardened grenade, the soldier can fire the grenade through a wall or other obstruction and have it explode on the other side. The enemy can no longer hide behind a wall.
- Weighs 12 pounds
- 29 inches long
- Maximum range of 2300 feet
- Uses 25 mm ammunition
- Costs $35,000 each
Ammunition available includes door breaching, high explosive air bursting, anti-personnel, non-lethal blunt and airburst, training and armor piercing.
The Army plans to purchase enough for each squad in the field to have one. Initial weapons are now being deployed to Afghanistan.