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Orbital ATK Grenade Launcher, Which Spots Hidden Targets, to Be Army Tested

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015 10:57 AM

The Orbital ATK grenade launcher is being called the "next-generation semi-automatic weapon," allowing users to take out their enemies hiding behind obstructions.

Called a "smart" grenade launcher, the weapon — officially dubbed the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System — will be provided to the U.S. Arm for testing next year. The weapon is "designed for effectiveness against enemies protected by walls, dug into foxholes or hidden in hard-to-reach places," Orbital ATK stated, according to NorthernCalifornian.com.

The weapon's targeting mechanism uses "thermal capability with direct-view optics, laser rangefinder, compass, fuze setter, ballistic computer, laser pointer and illuminator, and an internal display," the website continued.

"The weapon features revolutionary high-explosive, airburst ammunition programmed by the weapon's target acquisition/fire control system (TA/FC)," Oritbal ATK said on its website. "The system integrates ballistics computation in the full-solution TA/FC."

"The soldier places the aim point on target and activates the laser rangefinder. The fire-control system provides an adjusted aim point," the site statement continued. "The soldier places the adjusted aim point on target and pulls the trigger. Target information is communicated to the chambered 25 mm round. As the round speeds down range, it measures the distance traveled and bursts at the pre-programmed distance."

The Army used prototypes of the launcher in Afghanistan in 2010 and appeared to be happy enough with them in live combat to move ahead with testing them for regular use, Jon Fingas of Engadget.com wrote.

"If and when the XM25 enters service will depend on how well the testing goes," he wrote. "However, this may be more of a formality than a make-or-break trial . . . So long as the launcher enters widespread use relatively quickly, it could do a lot to end firefights quickly and keep soldiers safe."

Orbital ATK announced Wednesday that it received orders totaling $203 million to produce small caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army, according to a statement on its website. The orders for .30-caliber, .50-caliber, 5.56-mm, and 7.62-mm ammunition were placed over the past few months under Orbital ATK's seven-year supply contract at the Lake City Army ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri.

Along with creating defense systems, the Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK is involved in aerospace technologies, designing, building, and delivering space and aviation systems for customers around the world, according to MarketWatch.com.

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