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New rifle uses radio-controlled bullets

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2010 · Comment icon 27 comments



Image Credit: US Army
A new US army rifle that will soon go in to operation uses state-of-the-art radio-controlled bullets.
The futuristic rifle is able to fire at targets over barriers, down into trenches and around corners by setting the bullets to explode at a set distance, it can also fire bullets a substantial distance further than conventional rifles.
The U. S. army is to begin using a futuristic rifle that fires radio-controlled 'smart' bullets in Afghanistan for the first time, it has emerged. The XM25 rifle uses bullets that are programmed to explode when they have travelled a set distance, allowing enemies to be targeted no matter where they are hiding.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (27)


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Comment icon #18 Posted by farandaway 12 years ago
As long as there are too many people, and we think we want what the other guy has, or are afraid he wants what we have, there will be war.
Comment icon #19 Posted by UFreak 12 years ago
Yeah, maybe instead of war, we could play "Hungry-Hungry Hippo's" and let the game decide who gets all that "oil"....Last time I saw a picture of "W", he was swimming in a atanker of free Iraqi oil....(sarcasm)
Comment icon #20 Posted by Marcin 12 years ago
We're a very peculiar creature, us humans... The very things we loathe, are our single strongest driving force pushing us forward... if not war, be it out of greed for what someone else has, religous/political/racial hate, or simple conquest for no reason, we wouldn't be anywhere near of the stage we are at now. Sad as it is, wars and all of our tools of war is what drove most of our progress. Mostly we're inhibited by bureaucracy, endless "pencil pushers" to get through, each one of them asking for more money than the one before him, all sorts of delays before anything new or innovative sees ... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by dmotwani 12 years ago
We're a very peculiar creature, us humans... The very things we loathe, are our single strongest driving force pushing us forward... if not war, be it out of greed for what someone else has, religous/political/racial hate, or simple conquest for no reason, we wouldn't be anywhere near of the stage we are at now. Sad as it is, wars and all of our tools of war is what drove most of our progress. Mostly we're inhibited by bureaucracy, endless "pencil pushers" to get through, each one of them asking for more money than the one before him, all sorts of delays before anything new or innovative sees ... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
Ladies started shaving their legs because of war. No. Some businesses from early 20th century began "encouraging" American women to shave their underarms as sleeveless styles became popular. Shortly after, when skirts showed more than just ankles, women started to shave their legs as well.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Boe 12 years ago
the more advanced the tech the higher chance there is of things going wrong.wat if it meses up and detenates prematuarly?you could end up taking out your whole unit The higher the tech, the more training troops get for it. The more training, the less chance of error. We get duds in whatever ammunition you use for whatever weapon...be it high tech or not. But newer tech is safer. The old weapons are garbage and they jam or break or explode all the time. So no, high tech doesnt equal more chance of going wrong.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Coffey 12 years ago
True, most wars do come from greed, selfishness and religion. I just wish people would look at the past and see that nothing good has ever come from war. I completely agree with you! The biggest argument people have against people like me and you is that a lot of technology has come from war.... Yes it has but then think of it this way. If all the countries in the world where at peace with no wars or military (except a "world army" in case of certain circumstances) then think of all the resources, time, effort, manpower and intelligence that could be put together to be used to take us into the... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Stellar 12 years ago
the more advanced the tech the higher chance there is of things going wrong.wat if it meses up and detenates prematuarly?you could end up taking out your whole unit While I have seen duds, I have yet to see any sort of premature detonation in an M203 Grenade Launcher, or any sort of grenade system, etc.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Coffey 12 years ago
i still think the kalashnikov is the best assualt rifle AK 47,An-94 or AK 74? You didn't specify? The AK 47 is not that great a rifle at all. It packs an insane punch and has a very insane rate of fire... but the bad accuracy compared to modern assault rifles and European/US ones make it not so great. It's not really for skilled marksmen etc, more run and gun. The AN-94 Abakan on the other hand is an incredible Assault rifle, it shadows the AK 47, but then it was the replacement really.
Comment icon #27 Posted by clyde barrow 12 years ago
My Hi-Point 995 carbine has them all beat. It takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'


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