The military recently unveiled what is one nasty-ass gun. Called the XM25, this super deadly hand weapon can annihilate people behind walls or trenches.
"The US Army has recently announced plans to test the high-tech XM25 airburst grenade launcher this summer in Afghanistan, unleashing a weapon that veterans predict could be a game-changing advantage in the war. The XM25 can fire 25mm rounds that explode at any distance set by a soldier, effective at a range of up to 700 m.
Because the 14-pound, $25,000 gun can fire rounds in just seconds, it could replace the need to call in fire missions, artillery or airstrikes in some situations, which can take anywhere from several minutes to an hour to arrive..." (Read more).
Gizmodo breaks down how this bad boy works:
- Imagine there is an enemy sniper hiding behind a window in a building.
- The soldier points the weapon to the building's façade, measuring the distance.
- Using two buttons on the front handle, he would then add whatever distance he estimates is the correct one to get the 25mm round through the window and into the room, near the enemy.
- Then he would fire. The smart round knows where it is at all times thanks to its built-in circuitry.
- When the round reaches the distance set by the soldier, it would explode, killing the enemy with a fragmentation warhead. The round doesn't really have to be very near the enemy. Its blast radius is equivalent to a hand grenade, so these things are extremely dangerous, and almost impossible to survive.