A reader sent Murdoc this heads up: ATK wins $65M EMD contract for XM25 Airburst Weapon
The Army has quietly awarded Alliant TechSystems (ATK) a $65M contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, better know as the XM25 Individual Airburst Weapons System (IAWS), according to a contract press release published today.
ATK has the airburst ammunition contract for XM25; Heckler & Koch (HK), a German company, has the weapon development contract so I’d expect a similar award shortly for the weapon itself (unless HK is a sub-contractor to ATK, in which case this would be the only contract). An EMD contract award means the weapon has passed “Milestone B” and is formally ready for final design and development testing, which if successful is followed by a low rate production decision or “Milestone C”.
Murdoc remains hopeful about the XM25, but he’s not terribly optimistic. At least this contract means the end of $1,000-a-shot handloaded ammunition.