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The U.S. army is to begin using a futuristic rifle that fires radio-controlled 'smart' bullets in Afghanistan for the first time, it has emerged.
The XM25 rifle uses bullets that are programmed to explode when they have travelled a set distance, allowing enemies to be targeted no matter where they are hiding.
The rifle also has a range of 2,300 feet making it possible to hit targets which are well out of the reach of conventional rifles.
The XM25 is being developed specially for the U.S. army and will be deployed with troops from later this month, it was revealed today.
Originally posted by satron
I wonder what mechanism is used to communicate "explode" and I wonder how often this mechanism gets a false signal, or since it's programmed, whether it's possible for enemies to hack it.edit on 6-1-2011 by satron because: (no reason given)
First, the scope on the rifle has a laser that gauges the distance to the target. The soldier can set exactly where the 25-millimeter bullet will detonate by adding or subtracting 3 meters from that point. Then, the scope will send a radio signal to a chip inside the bullet telling it how far it should travel before exploding.
Smart Bullets In Action: Trenches are no longer a safe place to hide
The Army has proposed the uses can range from hitting enemies hidden in trenches (as pictured above), or even hitting a sniper hiding in a building by setting the range about a meter beyond the window. They are also proposed as a smarter alternative to grenade launchers, which can serve the same purpose but be less accurate and have limited range, making them more prone to collateral damage.
Originally posted by DayKnightmare
reply to post by Lightrule
OH yeah? You cannot take cover against this weapon if you want any kind of line of sight. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY it has a !!THERMAL SIGHT!! Half the time its been "Where are they , do you have eyes on?" No more.. thermals all the way