Land Forces

A soldier aims an XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It features an array of sights, sensors, and lasers housed in a Target Acquisition Fire Control unit on top, an oversized magazine behind the trigger mechanism, and a short, ominous barrel wrapped by a recoil dampening sleeve. Its 25 mm smart munitions are designed to explode in midair at or near a target behind cover or dug in.

A soldier aims an XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It features an array of sights, sensors, and lasers housed in a Target Acquisition Fire Control unit on top, an oversized magazine behind the trigger mechanism, and a short, ominous barrel wrapped by a recoil dampening sleeve. Its 25 mm smart munitions are designed to explode in midair at or near a target behind cover or dug in.

• XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, a laser-sighted grenade launcher firing smart munitions;

• Small Smart Weapon, a compact lightweight munition adaptable to multiple launch platforms, including manned or unmanned systems;

• Excalibur 155 mm precision-guided artillery round;

• EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), a maneuverable bullet;

• Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) for a GPS-guided high-explosive cartridge for the 120 mm mortar;

• Very Affordable Precision Projectile, a GPS-guided 105 mm artillery round;

• Common Smart Submunition, a multi-platform discriminating, fuzed sensor submunition;

• Precision Guidance Kit, a GPS-based replacement for the standard NATO fuze in legacy 155 mm and 105 mm high-explosive artillery projectiles that significantly improves their accuracy, much as another "smart" add-on - the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) - has done for conventional "dumb" bombs;

• "Smart Dust," tiny sensors based on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology that could be scattered across a road, path, or any other area, creating a sensor network to detect movement, from a single person or animal to a truck or tank;

• Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapons, in some ways the "anti-smart" weapon because it destroys electric and electronic circuits and equipment; small EMP generators could be used against enemy communications, command and control centers, vehicles, etc., while a large pulse - such as generated by an atomic blast - could leave an entire nation helpless;

• Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), emits an intense, high-pitched acoustic beam; used by the Coast Guard to warn off approaching vessels, it also could be used in riot control or against enemy troops, causing (depending on range) anything from headaches to permanent hearing loss;

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