ATK has received a US$65.8 million Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract from the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for its XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System.
The 30-month contract calls for the continuing design, integration, production, and testing of full-up systems to ensure the weapon’s final design meets performance requirements and is production-ready prior to fielding.
“The XM25 provides the soldier on the ground a precision weapon to quickly and accurately engage targets behind cover or exposed targets, at ranges and accuracies not seen in today’s small arms,” Bruce DeWitt, vice president and general manager of ATK’s advanced weapons division, said.
“A soldier using basic rifle marksmanship skills can effectively engage targets in less than five seconds while also reducing the chances for collateral damage.”
The XM25 consists of a rifle that fires a 25mm airbursting round that is programmed by the weapon’s integrated target acquisition and fire control system to detonate directly above an intended target.
The system allows soldiers to quickly and accurately engage targets by displaying an adjusted aim point based on range, environmental factors, and user inputs.
The weapon’s target acquisition and fire control integrates a thermal capability with direct-view optics, laser rangefinder, compass, fuze-setter, ballistic computer, laser pointer and illuminator.
These capabilities enable the weapon to be used during day or night and in all weather conditions.
The US Army is currently conducting a forward operational assessment with XM25 prototype weapons deployed to Afghanistan.
This effort began in November 2010.
The Army’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons conducted new equipment training with select units and is monitoring the XM25’s use and performance.
The weapons are actively carried on patrols and in various combat outposts in areas that are experiencing high levels of enemy activity.
Soldier feedback from this assessment will assist future decisions regarding budget, tactics, basis of issue, and improvements soldiers want to see in the weapon’s fielded version.