US Army to test rifle that hits targets BEHIND cover: New ammunition can explode in mid air using smart software

The US Army is planning to test a smart rifle that can hit soldiers who are shielded by cover.

The tests, planned for early next year, will monitor the performance of a weapon known as the XM25 Counter Defilade Engagement System.

Created by Orbital ATK, the shoulder-fired gun has a built-in ‘target acquisition and fire control system’, allowing soldiers with basic shooting skills to fire the system.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Is this something new?
    If not, I think they should be done testing it; we green-lit this years ago, after a lot of testing already.
    Maybe it’s finally ready to be deployed.
    If so, awesome!

  • Glenfilthie

    I’m a bit of a gun geek and from what I heard the prototypes weren’t living up to the hype.
    It’s a cool concept but I would far rather see more sensible and aggressive rules of engagement for the squaddies. What good are new weapons if they are prevented from using them by pasty-faced politicians?

  • tom_billesley

    Isn’t a mortar more effective?

  • Just make sure Obama does not distribute them to his terrorist friends.

    • tom_billesley

      Like the Stingers of Benghazi?

  • Gary

    Hmmmm, it cab kill the enemies that had hid for cover .
    The code name should be *RU4Mosque-86 .

  • Minicapt

    This originated as part of the Objective Individual Combat weapon, a 5.56mm Kinetic Energy component and a 20mm HE Grenade launcher. Beginning in c.1996, the Army ran through several iterations but failed to make a weapon of suffucient portability.
    In the period about 2005, the grenade launcher was removed to become the 25mm XM-25.
    The FC module and sight began with the original system and there are at least two other competitors. The Israelis are working on one, more for proof of concept than deployment; there is a Canadian version developed for Fabrique National’s FN-2000.