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The military appreciated the smart grenade launcher

There was a new information about the combat tests of a new generation of weapons - XM25 grenade launcher. The American soldiers, who had a chance to try the new XM25, say that besides the opportunity to destroy the enemy behind various shelters, the new product has an effective range twice as great as the AK-47, popular with the Afghan militants. And at the same time, the new grenade launcher differs from other grenade launchers, artillery and mortars in that it causes significantly less collateral damage.

The military appreciated the smart grenade launcher

Over a year in Afghanistan, XM25 has been used more than two hundred times. According to Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Lucas, who is responsible for the combat tests of the new development, almost all of the fights ended quickly, and XM25 successfully demonstrated its unique properties. The program was recognized by the military leadership as successful, and so much so that 36 units of 36 XM25 were also ordered, although the initial plans suggested an experimental batch of 5 units.

Interest in the new grenade launcher has already shown several European countries. Germany is developing similar technologies, for example, but the Germans are planning to use 40-mm grenades, while the American version shoots 25-mm. A larger case allows for the integration of electronic components at lower cost. Already, ATK, which developed the HM25, plans to fill the shells of larger calibers with its “smart” fuses.

XM 25 is equipped with an electronic sight, combined with a programmer, which introduces the distance to the target in the grenade. Inside the grenade is a counter of revolutions of the projectile around its axis, which thus determines the moment of fuse activation. This system allows undermining in a window opening, above a trench or hatch tank, wherever it is required to hit a target protected from the fire of conventional small arms.

Naturally, such a clever filling made XM25 quite expensive, the price per piece is 35 thousand dollars, and even with mass production the grenades will cost 25 dollars per piece. When mass production price weapon it is unlikely to fall, two-thirds of the price is a “smart” thermal imaging sight. However, when compared with those used to defeat protected targets aviation ammunition and anti-tank missiles worth several tens of thousands of dollars, then fast firing with grenades at $ 25 will in any case be cheaper.

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  1. Region71
    Region71 23 January 2012 10: 05
    All this electronics shows itself well in small collisions with a low density of fire. If with such a grenade launcher get into a serious mess where it will be affected by vibration, shock, dust and many other negative factors, something tells me that this miracle weapon will be suitable only for hand-to-hand combat. Such a breathtakingly expensive club.
    1. FROST
      FROST 23 January 2012 10: 13
      Yeah, and what does that tell you? Personal experience?)) Judging by such opinions, everyone would have fought with spears for a long time, not a single machine can compete with them in reliability.
      1. Region71
        Region71 23 January 2012 10: 36
        Gunsmiths can now create at least a laser rifle, and no one will buy it, efficiency will not justify the price and reliability.
      2. Shrucher
        Shrucher 23 January 2012 10: 37
        Correctly noticed. The "authoritative opinions" of any specialists about PM immediately come to mind. Almost all thematic magazines have always published reviews of military officers about the brilliant properties of this pistol, and the simplicity and lack of proper training among the dissatisfied were cited as the main argument. From my own experience, I can say that really very long training sessions can make me a master of PM shooting, but at the same time, if you train for a long time, you can teach me how to shoot with a slingshot, too, a formidable weapon in the hands of a professional, and where simpler and easier PM.
    2. Shrucher
      Shrucher 23 January 2012 10: 38
      Any technique in the hands of an idiot is just a club
    3. ytqnhfk
      ytqnhfk 30 January 2012 13: 44
      This weapon is promising, we need to think and do better! Well, protection from it must also be developed!
  2. Mr. Truth
    Mr. Truth 23 January 2012 11: 02
    One I doubt the insufficient power of a 25 mm grenade?
  3. Igor
    Igor 23 January 2012 11: 33
    Quote: Mr. Truth
    One I doubt the insufficient power of a 25 mm grenade?

    So they do it not against tanks, it’s good to wet machine gunners with a good thing or to throw such a grenade out of the window.
  4. J_silver
    J_silver 23 January 2012 14: 06
    It seems to me that there is a lot of noodles hanging about the capabilities of this "miracle weapon"!
    There can’t be such a thing - so that it shoots so far and precisely, and was almost comparable in capabilities with heavy weapons ...
    1. Igor
      Igor 23 January 2012 14: 11
      Yes, if you put a ballistic calculator, a laser rangefinder and grenades with remote detonation on our six-shot grenade launcher would be no worse than the Pindo.
  5. 755962
    755962 23 January 2012 14: 35
    The price-performance ratio will play an important role in the choice of this weapon. The XM25 is a very expensive weapon. The cost of one XM25 at the time of adoption will be from $ 25000 to $ 30000. The detachable magazine is equipped with four grenades costing an average of $ 35. Perhaps this is the most expensive personal army weapon that has ever been produced, but in terms of the combination of qualities it is also unique and the experience of its use in real combat can determine the further path of development of infantry weapons.
    1. Region71
      Region71 23 January 2012 15: 19
      Quote: 755962
      A detachable store is equipped with four grenades, costing an average of $ 35

      35 bucks is the predictable price of a grenade in case of mass use. Now the moment of truth, now the price of a cartridge is a piece of bucks !!!
      1. Region71
        Region71 23 January 2012 17: 10
        Strange, you provide data on the price of ammunition for the border and you are being minus. Maybe Amerov’s spies, maybe I divulged the secret.
        1. grizzlir
          grizzlir 23 January 2012 17: 38
          Someone read the price and with a fright minus blurted out. Now I climbed on the network, and really a thing bucks.
  6. grizzlir
    grizzlir 23 January 2012 14: 42
    Not guys who like Star Wars may be delighted with such a weapon, but it definitely doesn't inspire me. Firstly, the ammunition is weak, the Germans want to do the right thing by increasing the caliber to 40mm, and secondly, the XM 25 is equipped with an electronic sight combined with a programmer, which introduces the distance to the target into the grenade. Inside the grenade there is a counter of the revolutions of the projectile around its axis, which in this way determines the moment of activation of the fuse "this is very alarming, it is not clear how the distance to the target is measured, especially since the target for such a weapon is always small. the input into the ballistic computer also takes into account the degree of barrel wear, the direction of the wind, etc. The whole system on the tank weighs too little, despite the fact that the distance to a large target (for example, a tank) is calculated. How the calculator will work on a grenade launcher is still unknown , I think it will be difficult for the grenade launcher to work under enemy fire, while the electronic system of the grenade launcher is triggered, some kind of shooter from the opposite side splashes his brains, aiming not at the calculator, but at the eye, using a natural human rangefinder.
    1. DYMITRY
      DYMITRY 23 January 2012 15: 07
      in addition, it seems to me that in the kit for this prodigy comes a kilogram of forty batteries, plus, in addition to the operator, a couple of adjustment engineers so that all this garbage interacts with each other at least somehow
      1. Evil Tatar
        Evil Tatar 24 January 2012 07: 03
        Quote: DYMITRY
        in addition, it seems to me that in the kit for this prodigy comes a kilogram of forty batteries, plus, in addition to the operator, a couple of adjustment engineers so that all this garbage interacts with each other at least somehow

        In this situation, our AGS-17 (or something newer there) is better than a hundred pounds ...
  7. dred
    dred 23 January 2012 16: 05
    Wait and see. I hope we will have such developments.
    1. guessed
      guessed 25 January 2012 13: 43
      43-mm light infantry flamethrower LPO-97

      Adopted on December 11.12.2002, XNUMX
      Designed to defeat a high-temperature field and a field of overpressure of the enemy’s manpower located in residential and industrial buildings and in defensive structures, as well as incapacitating automobile and lightly armored vehicles.
      In the future, a grenade launcher GM-94 was developed on the basis of the flamethrower

      Caliber - 43 mm.
      Shots - with a thermobaric grenade.
      Magazine capacity - 3 shots + 1 in the chamber.
      Firing range: maximum - 500 m, aiming - 300 m, direct shot at a target with a height of 3 m - 90 m.
      Rate of fire - up to 12 rounds / min.
      The initial velocity of the ammunition is 85 m / s.
      The mass of the flamethrower: unloaded - 4,5 kg.
      Length with a permanent butt - 765 mm.
      Flamethrower life - 3000 shots.

      Given that our grenade launcher is armed with a thermobaric 43mm grenade ..... the Pendos version was not lying around.
  8. datur
    datur 23 January 2012 17: 30
    Well, the Americans have always been famous for the fact that they can sell a hammer at the price of an aircraft carrier! wink
    1. izangrij
      izangrij 23 January 2012 20: 24
      The cost of the "Shahin" sight according to the contract of the Ministry of Defense is from 550 thousand to 850 thousand rubles, and the American XM25 grenade launcher system costs about $ 35.000 (about 1000000 rubles). Questions immediately arise ...
  9. andreirib
    andreirib 23 January 2012 21: 42
    Hello everyone, look very interesting here
  10. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 26 January 2012 17: 05
    ABOUT! Only 11 years have passed! wink
    it was not possible to do the whole OICW right away, so they do it in parts.
    Well, then soon XM29 will come back again.
  11. gor
    gor 1 February 2012 22: 11
  12. beech
    beech 4 February 2012 20: 12
    for all the coolness they don’t climb Iran. They are afraid !!
  13. cesar65
    cesar65 14 February 2012 22: 25
    25mm ammunition by foreign experts is not recognized as sufficient to provide remote detonation, the optimum caliber is recognized as 40-50mm.
  14. Mister X
    Mister X 10 October 2012 21: 24
    The youngest son of an ATGM Jevlin.
    There, you also need some time in order to fix the target and then shoot.

    For "soviet", the "cheap and cheerful" version is suitable:
    took a peek into the series of shots from the RG-6 or GM-94 and ... got!