X Weapons


Army removes XM25 from service after incident The Army’s XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system has been removed from service after a training accident injured a soldier in Afghanistan early last month. A soldier was injured during a Feb. 2 live-fire training event during which the primer of a 25mm high-explosive air burst round ignited […]

X-37B Record-Setting Mission Extended

Secretive Air Force space plane sets endurance record A secretive unmanned space plane is now in orbit for 270 days – and plans are to keep it up there a bit longer. The experimental Air Force craft, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-2, has been circling the Earth for about nine months. The X-37B orbital […]


Army demonstrates new LSAT lightweight machine gun Lightweight Small Arms Technology over at SoldierGeek: The LSAT program has been run out of the Armaments Reserach, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal for several years. It’s original goal was to produce a lightweight machine gun aimed at the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon role, by […]

M203 Replacement Ordered

On SoldierGeek: Army buys 18,000 new M320 Grenade Launchers The Army announced today that it has awarded a $38.5M contract to German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch for the production of 18,000 40mm M320A1 Grenade Launchers. The M320 is the replacement for the venerable M203 grenade launcher, first fielded as an experimental system during the […]

$65 Million Contract for XM25 Ammo

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 […]