US Army to get 'smart gun'
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A new gun the US military hopes will help take on the Taliban has been unveiled.There are several pictures of the new weapon along with graphics that explain how it works. When the weapon is fired to specific range, the shell explodes at that range and can kill enemy forces hiding behind walls or in a fighting hole.
Called the XM-25 it has been described by the US Army as a 'game changer'.
It uses a laser guidance system and specially developed 25mm high explosive rounds which can be programmed to detonate over a target.
Richard Audette helped develop it for the US Army and says it's a big leap forward because it's the first small arms weapon to use smart technology.
"The way a soldier operates this is basically find your target, then laze (laser) to it, which gives the range, then you get an adjusted aim point, adjust the fire and pull the trigger.
"Say you've lazed out to 543 metres... When you pull the trigger it arms the round and fires it 543 metres plus or minus one, two or three metres."