The US Army has finally awarded $66 million dollars to ATK, a Defense and weapons manufacturing company based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. With this contract ATK will develop the XM-25 nicknamed ‘The Punisher’ a semi-automatic weapon that has a Laser Rangefinder and can launch rounds that explode at a set distance, meaning it can defeat barriers protecting enemy fighters. Saving lives, and time of the American Soldier, currently the soldier has two options, go around the barrier and take out the enemy face to face, or call in air support to fire down at the enemy, both are dangerous, and take time. The XM-25 would be an instant solution to this problem.
The way it does this is by using the Laser Range Finder programing a 25mm airbursting round and launching it up to 500 meters (546 yards) away. The round will then explode at the programmed distance. This weapon came out about 1 year ago but was under a “testing” phase by the Army, check the video below to learn more about it and see the weapon in action.
ATK may also develop door-breaching and armor-piercing rounds for the XM-25. The site said the Army wants to acquire 36 more XM-25s. The first batch may be deployed in a year, the site said, although mass production won’t happen until 2013 at the earliest. The site previously said the Army would buy more than 12,500 XM-25s beginning in 2012.