U.S. Army’s Impressive New Weapon

One of the most monumental events in military history was the advent of guerilla warfare.  It is an incredibly effective tactic used to get more out of fewer troops, supplies, and technology. Guerrilla warfare helped George Washington win the revolutionary war against the redcoats, and it is why we lost the Vietnam War. The central tactics to guerilla warfare are simple; hide behind whatever you can and jump out and attack your enemy when they least expect it. This strategy has been very effective for the Taliban recently, but that is hopefully about to change.

The new XM25 in use

The U.S. army has stepped up production of a new weapon that they believe will change the way wars are fought. It is called the XM25, a rifle that has computerized bullets that are programmed to detonate when they detect heat, i.e. enemy combatants. It has a range of 2,300 feet, is semi-automatic, and is better than standard military assault rifles in almost all areas. Firing the XM25 is similar to launching heat-seeking missiles from a rifle. The most revolutionary aspect about these weapons is that they can hit targets hiding behind walls, which is one of the most fundamental strategies of modern warfare and one commonly used by the Taliban. This weapon effectively renders the strategy of the Taliban obsolete, one that they have been using for hundreds of years. The U.S. army is purchasing 12,500 of the XM25, enough to have one per squad.

There are a few problems with this weapon however. First of all, it costs the same as St. Luke’s tuition, and secondly, if he Taliban gets their hands on some, there will be a huge problem. The Army isn’t concerned about the latter though, because an XM25 would be useless without the computerized bullets, which are impossible for the Taliban to make with their inferior technology. This new invention finally gives Americans some much-awaited positive news about the war.

Kevin Jahns, Staff Writer

Correction: February 1st, 2012

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the XM25 was unveiled recently. Thanks to Andrew Walker for pointing out that the XM25 was in fact unrelieved in 2010.

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3 Responses to U.S. Army’s Impressive New Weapon

  1. walkera

    February 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Almost had to do a double take…

    The XM25 was actually unveiled in 2010 and even saw limited use by the 101st Airborne Division. What’s “new” is that the US army ordered 36 more units and is currently working towards improving the bullets and somehow making them more economical.

    I’m obviously not some “military guy” (nor do I claim to be), it’s just that I actually read an article about this in Popular Science. So I’m sorry but I just had to clear this up!

  2. walkera

    February 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Oh, and guerilla warfare is not an invention.

  3. kleinb

    February 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks Andrew. This error has been corrected.

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