Next-Generation Small Arms

Latiak, Ted
February 2006
Popular Mechanics;Feb2006, Vol. 183 Issue 2, p24
The article reports that efforts to replace the M16 resulted in creation of the XM-8, a lightweight assault rifle and the XM-25, a precision-guided grenade launcher. The XM-8 is currently being "re-evaluated" based on lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. But the XM-25 marches on. The XM-25 puts precision-guided munitions in the hands of the infantry. Using a laser designator, a ballistic computer and 25mm smart rounds with embedded microchips, the firer can set the range at which each round will detonate.


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