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    US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    Original source: AFP

    US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan - Yahoo! News

    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.

    "This is the first time we're putting smart technology into the hands of the individual soldier," Lehner told AFP in a telephone interview.

    "It's giving them the edge," he said, in the harsh Afghan landscape where Islamist extremists have vexed US troops using centuries-old techniques of popping up from behind cover to engage.

    "You get behind something when someone is shooting at you, and that sort of cover has protected people for thousands of years," Lehner said.

    "Now we're taking that away from the enemy forever."
    Beautiful... absolutely beautiful. The timing couldn't be better.

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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    I saw either this weapon or a very similar one tested on Future Weapons TV show and it's amazing and is cool because it makes hiding near impossible.

    It the 25mm round can get though a hole it's effective. Very cool.

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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    I am not and never will be somebody who likes guns, but as a Halo player, I approve of this weapon and demand that it be built into every game.
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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    I approve.

    Eliminating or vastly reducing the level of protection taking cover provides is a profound development.

    However, counters?

    The weapon does apparently rely on electronics to control the shells, so an EMP effect might disable it's ability to set precise ranges...

    But I can't see the enemy in Afghanistan coming up with something to do that any time soon...\

    Edit: A thought - in reference to FPS games - this weapon is basically a more precise (and much longer ranged) way of cooking a frag so it explodes in mid-air...
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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    Wow, that's awesome.
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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    Well, here's to finding better ways of killing people, I guess.
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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Well, here's to finding better ways of killing people, I guess.
    And, as the article noted, saving people’s lives - sometimes.

    If the terrorist(s) are taking cover in a school, mortars/artillery/air strikes and whatnot would quite obviously cause more civilian causalities.

    While this weapon would allow US forces to shoot a shell/grenade through any opening (within reason) near the terrorists, and set the shell to explode just inside – killing (potentially) only the terrorists, and not any (or far fewer) of the civilians…

    Not to mention, so many other possibilities…
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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

    If folks like advanced weapons designs, check this out: YouTube - Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

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    Re: US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

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