02 December 2010

No Sheeples Here: Pressing The Local Population Into Unwilling Martyrdom

No Sheeples Here: Pressing The Local Population Into Unwilling Martyrdom

…and awesomely sending that insurgent to his 72 virgins. Star Trek, Star Wars....take your pick, ‘cuz here we come!

Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Army has a new present for soldiers battling a fierce insurgency in Afghanistan.

After more than five years of development, American forces are using the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, a pinpoint accurate and programmable grenade launcher that the military expects to be a "game changer" in its counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan.

The ultra-lethal XM25, which looks like something out of a James Cameron sci-fi flick, is a "smart" grenade launcher that carries four small warheads and features an array of sights, sensors, lasers and a short barrel the size of a small cannon.

The weapon fires 25-mm. shells up to 2,300 feet, almost half a mile, and can program the shell to explode at a precise point in space, allowing troops to kill enemies hiding behind walls and rocks and inside trenches or buildings.

For example, if a group of insurgents is hiding behind a wall, a soldier can program one of the XM25's rounds to detonate a few feet past the wall to shower the insurgents with lethal fragmentation from behind.

"With this weapon system, we take away cover from [enemy targets] forever," Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, the project manager for the weapon, told Fox News. "Tactics are going to have to be rewritten. The only thing we can see [enemies] being able to do is run away."

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