Cool: New American "Smart" Grenade Launcher Deployed in Afghanistan

Posted: Dec 01, 2010 2:27 PM
Score one for the ingenuity and innovation of the US military:

The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.

The gun's stats are formidable: it fires 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet (700 meters), well past the range of most rifles used by today's soldiers, and programs them to explode at a precise distance, allowing troops to neutralize insurgents hiding behind walls, rocks or trenches or inside buildings.

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez reported on this sophisticated addition to Uncle Sam's arsenal while it was still in its final development stages.  Now it's being deployed to the Middle East to take out the enemy:

(h/t: Ed Morrissey, whose show I will appear on at 3:30pm ET)