Friday, December 17, 2010

U.S. Army deploys rifles with radio-controlled smart bullets

XM25 Semiautomatic 25mm "Sci-Fi" Gun a reality
The U.S. Army’s long-awaited, experimental 25mm airburst weapon is headed for battlefields in Afghanistan this month. Labeled a “game-changer,” the $35,000 high-tech rifle is capable of firing explosive bullets that can detonate front of or behind a target....Once the trigger is pulled and the round leaves the barrel, a computer chip inside the ammunition receives information from the scope about how far it should travel before exploding....
----Full article by Chris Jablonski at ZD----
Shades of the smart-bullets seen in the 1984 Sci-Fi film "Runaway" with Tom Selleck (Gene "Kiss" Simmons as a ruthless Terr, plus Kirstie Alley, (when she was still hot, in a leather mini-skirt & spike heels). This is tech that will put a serious hurtn' on the Terrs & , more importantly, free the Infantry from fear of "short rounds", but the downside: hoping this no longer secret weapon falls in enemy hands. Many will pay big buck$ to get a captured example to reverse engineer, particularly the Chi-Coms, Ivans, & Nippons...(S9)

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