BREAKING NEWS: Screaming Eagles to Get Airburst Gun

I’ll tease Kit Up! readers with a breaking news story we’ll feature in full on the front page of tomorrow morning.

Army officials approved Friday the fielding of about 40 of the Star Ship Troopers-esque XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement Weapon System for a line infantry battalion in the 101st Airborne division serving in Afghanistan.

According to PEO Soldier Brig. Gen. Pete Fuller, the 101st (he wouldn’t say specifically which battalion) issued an Urgent Needs Statement asking for the airburst weapon to smoke out Talibs in their canals, bunkers and qalats. The Army approved the UNS Oct. 8 and earmarked $10 million to build 36 brand new weapons. The Army has five on hand and will ship them to the 101st battalion Nov. 1.

You may remember PEO had originally tabbed a Special Forces unit for the fearsome weapon’s first deployment this past summer. But scheduling problems precluded that test. Officials say they’re still psyched to have general purpose forces giving the XM-25 its first go since that’ll help them better refine the weapon and how it will be used in infantry squads.

Be sure to read the full XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System story tomorrow morning at

  • let freedom ring

    This is great as long as we can keep this out of the hands of our enemies. Perhaps a digital use code could be assigned in order to engage the weapon. This would render the gun useless if captured.

    • UncleWillie

      The scarcity of ammunition would keep it from being too effective for them.

    • Doc

      seems like it would be hard to do that while under fire

      • Norman Sween

        The key for my Ford ranger has a small chip in it that without it the car won’t start even though it is the correct key. Although contractors would make it costly beyond belief I am sure, they could make something that would go into the glove to the shooters and that when he held the grip would allow the gun to be fired. The tech is already there in my car key, but again I am sure they would find a way to inflate the cost of development to a unreasonable price. Just a thought though.

        • This tech already exists in germany, but do you really want a soldier’s weapon dependent on something like that? Plus once it becomes common knowledge enemies will just take the “electronic key” off the dead soldier, making the tech useless.

  • John Doe

    Great device….I don’t necessarily believe it would be needed if the standard issued rifle was chambered in something other than a varmit round (5.56)

  • CSM Monroe

    I’ll stick with the M79, thank you… Although, I like Sprint’s Evo, I don’t like too much technology with my guns, I just want them to shoot and kill bad guys.

  • Guest

    Good Weapon wuat about any inocent people inside wher not aware of.

    • jjs

      There are no innocent people in the middle of a firefight. If they are there, it’s because they want to be there. Now go away troll…

      • MIsoldier

        i think he means hostages, or non cmbatants.

  • Scouts Out

    My Barrett never seems to have problems with mud hut or brick walls. As far as the “innocent” well they better make their peace with God for hanging out with their friends when 19 Delta comes nocking!

    • Billy

      well spoken, thumbs up!

  • Dodguardian

    The use of a implanted chip in every soldier would be a better way to control who can fire the weapon.This chip can be turned on and off via satalite and can track the wear a bouts of any American or Allied soldier on the battlefield.

    enemy forces will not be able to use the weapon system
    American and Allied soldiers can be quickly located if captured or MIA


    Hackers can gain access through a vunerability and be able to turn on or off the weapon systems
    Enemy forces can pinpoint exact allied forces for missile attacks.

    What do you guys think?

  • Reply to Scouts Out

    Scouts out, your statement seems ignorant, as has it occurred to you that maybe those innocents who are “housing” the Taliban might not want to be?

    After all, you don’t just say no to a bunch of thugs who will cut off your head or otherwise make an example of you if you do.

  • James

    Wouldn’t a grenade launcher serve the same purpose when you aim it into a window?

    • John

      Grenade launchers are great, but remember they aren’t direct fire. We “lob” 40mm through our 203. This weapon is direct fire. This makes the shot much more accurate. Also, on the whole computer chip thing. What if I want to pass that weapon on? One weapon one user is not feasible.

  • Stefan S.

    Weapons break. Anything that uses a computer and we all know how 100% reliable our PC’s are. Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!

    • crackedlenses

      Lol, totally agree. We don’t quite have the tech to go HALO and put computers on all our weapons yet….

  • J. Glenn

    A couple of nice features of the XM25 are (1) a lethal area that minimizes collateral damage (compared to a mortar, even small diameter bomb, or TOW, for example), and (2) a high degree of accuracy so the gunner can put the warhead where he wants it. This will be a game-changer.

    • crackedlenses

      Providing that it works…….

  • SGT Will

    This marks the beginning of a new arms race more than likely. Who will come out with the latest tech weapon will be the theme behiond it. We need more weapons of a higher standard to beat the enemies who have obtained many of our current weapons or the technology behind them, but what needs to be made secret about them needs to be kept out of the presses hands in order to keep them up to date for us.

  • B-Dizzle

    Wouldn’t be a bad mentality if you weren’t gonna have UCMJ against you. I wish it was that easy…trust me. Being a 13F I have to be knowledgable on these things because of idiots like you who think it’s still the wild west. The truth is we need to find a way to act more efficiently and with more discipline before this gets out of control. Now, I agree that this weapon isn’t needed. Though I haven’t seen it in use. All I have to say to you, Scouts Out, is use your head and think about all the people you piss off when you say things like that. This is a political war. We can’t just enter it guns blazing anymore.

  • howard

    [QUOTE]’…asking for the airburst weapon to smoke out Talibs in their canals, bunkers and qalats….'[/QUOTE]

    WHY NOT JUST SEND ALONG A 155 MM LIGHT FRAME GUN ON A TRACK MOUNT AND USE IT TO SMOKE THE BAD GUYS? i guess the Army is getting tired of using 223 rounds to try and smoke the bad guys. bet the guys in the mud would prefer MY idea …. anyone who cares to ask them.

  • Joe Normal

    Why not drive finishing nails with a twelve pound sledge?

  • Thanks for sharing. What a pelsraue to read!

  • matt woodbury

    my battalion had the 5 in country last year, we were fighting on a roof in Kilewal afghanistan last year, we engaged a shooter from across a road into a building, round airburst inside!!!!
    we did BDA and the ******* had been hit…blood everywhere, his boys had a hole cut in the floor and they had medevaced him

    we were in a later engagement when the weapon my platoon was testing exploded in the gunners hand !!! the remaining 4 in the unit performed well, but in my opinion it is a waste of money..if it sees wide force adoption I can see 2 per platoon….maybe give it to weapons squad as a support weapon.


    A copy of my earlier comments re the XM25.
    Well I have read all the posts wrt the new Army Experimental XM25 and the one about the Marines M 32 and the current issue M203 and the XM320, the replacement for the M203.
    I took particular note of the costs mentioned, about $40,000-00. The rounds I believe cost about $1,000- each.
    My point is the US Marines bought the M203 which is a copy, jazzed up version of the old South African 40 mm MGL which came out in 1987! However they are happy with the low vel weapon which fires out accurately to 400m. The new South African 40 mm Multiple Range Grenade Launcher (MRGL) using medium vel ammo fires accurately and I mean all 6 rounds landed within 5 m, out to 800m! A company has 9 guns which when coordinated in the defensive fire plan, can put down a devastating belt of fire out to 800 m within 13 secs, landed, all 6 rounds per gun on the target. Reload in up to 8 seconds depending on skill. The fire control orders are similar to a mortar pl and thus all guns seen as part of the Pl Coy Bn defence fire plan. Not just a souped up squad gun but a support weapon of note. The proximity fuse the XM 25 is struggling to construct is available in 40 mm. The RSA gun is available at ZAR 50,000- each. That’s about $4,700- each. 5 rounds later with the XM25 and you have bought a gun! How about a joint venture and we will build a factory there for less.