XM-25 Blast Radius Revealed

The Army just released a new video showing better detail of the XM-25 Counter Defilade Engagement System’s 25mm fragmentation round performance.

We’ve posted video of the system — which Soldiers who are testing them out in Afghanistan call “The Punisher” — before, but it never really showed how the weapon shot (it’s got a brutal kick), how the targeting system works (laze, add a meter, fire) and how the 25mm round did its work (about the blast of a grenade).

This time there’s some good detail. And if you watch closely, you can see how heavy it is, how long it takes to acquire and fire and its relative rate of fire. I’m not sure how much Defense Tech readers have been following our coverage of this program at Kit Up!, but the Army is bullish on this weapon, signing a contract with ATK — the XM-25’s prime — for about $65 million to build more than the five it has and a bunch more ammo. It’s an expensive and slow process right now since each of the H&K-made weapons has to be put together by hand and the ammo is all custom as well.

But our sources — both in the field and back at HQ — say this is one gun that delivers what it’s supposed to: an extremely accurate¬†counterdefilade capability at the squad level.

  • Anthony

    It took this long to deploy a half dozen first gen rifle rockets…We should have pushed this weapon system in October 2001 not a decade later. I like the idea of not joining a war unless we intend to Win…this weapon system is finally a squad level Win. Get them deployed! 5,000 weapons and enough ammo for a turkey shoot, maybe the White House’s next “Stimulus” package will be one to revamp our boots on the ground and stop pretending like the M4 is still relevant in Afghanistan’s long-range engagements.

  • asdf

    ~200-300m longer engagement radius wouldn’t hurt…

  • They just need to integrate an MP5’s guts in to the grip so the trooper can have some close quarters potential. That or some kind of buckshot grenade round.

    • Guest

      I don’t think I’d want to be anywhere near that thing during a CQB situation. Although one or two shots from that thru a window and the rooms clear anyway…

  • theman

    The blast looks like it has more ability to wound than kill. Kit Up posted a story awhile ago where soldiers said the XM25 was not necessarily that lethal, but it decreased firefights from 20 mins to 2 mins. Food for though.

  • STemplar

    Some dummies made of ballistic gel would be nice for some indication of wounds inflicted.

    • Guest

      There was a show about this on tv about a yr ago when it was still in development where they had shown damage. It was pretty bad for the target dummy.

  • Wondering how long before the high tech portion of the weapon can be back fitted to the standard issue M203 or Russian Version the GP-Whatever.

  • blight

    That assumes they carry them back, which was a mistake made in RVN and Somalia. And in Somalia, they were on khat and still in the fight despite these wounds.

    The XM-25’s promise is injuring multiple people in one fell swoop. Rocket team, machine gun crew, mortar crews, gunmen behind cover…

    What would be better would be something like the old FLASH that fired a barrage. There’s precision fire and then there’s volume-fire.

    • Guest

      Your right about that, I was thinking more of conventional type forces, but one of these rounds going off in anyones face and the only thing they’ll be fighting for is their life I’d imagine…

  • DhuntAUS

    technology hey ? imagine what sunglass laser beams w’re going to be using in 50 years haha

  • Valentina

    for you national sovereignty is a concept totally abstract … Democracy ( has become the power of your people) …nothing

  • NATO isn’t thrilled about dragging your weight, either. ;)

  • Brian

    You suck balls. Quit spamming the site. I don’t come to your country’s website and post a bunch of crap there. I’m sure the mayor of whatever country you’re from is sitting there in his hut shaking his head right now.

    • Valentina

      2003, 17 ottobre. Arcipelago de La Maddalena (Italia). Sfiorato incidente nucleare: il sottomarino americano Hartford s’incaglia nella Secca dei Monaci a poche miglia dalla base di La Maddalena

      altro che spamming

  • Valentina

    What’s weight?

    Sardinia is not a weight…energeti sufficient we living with tourism , fish, farm and we don’t have Nuclear

    and your nation?

  • Giy


    Learn some English if you want to bad mouth us otherwise hook me up with your sister and get out your camera butt-head!!!!!

  • MadDogVAQ33

    So Communism is the way to go…with EVERYONE in chains and the old definition that, “A communist is someone willing to share his poverty with you.”

    In a Communist country you would not have the right to speak out at all…be thankful you have democracies and republics…and basic human rights.

    You, young lady, are completely clueless.

    • Valentina

      your neurons are sick of ideology

      • STemplar

        Don’t you have some meeting to go attend with a bunch of people with lots of piercings and no jobs?

        • Valentina

          Sure in my island i would have better things to do ,unfortunately I have to read and respond to defense from people like you, Larry (what a stupid!) and so on

          • orly?

            And yet YOU BEGIN these INSANE/ILLEGIBLE conversations that have NOTHING to do with these articles!


  • Valentina

    and you have not paid a penny for the land cleaning and the port for the shit that you left .. and cleaning are not finished yet … for a typical Italian scandal

    parasites …

    • orly?

      If you complained to the USSR, you would have been shot.

      Perhaps, you prefer that.

  • blight

    The military has always been a major polluter. Even in the United States.

  • blight

    …so you’re an anarchist, in the old ’20s tradition?

  • Valentina

    the translate is

    Democrats with the butt of the other

  • FtD

    wondering if they also do an airburst napalm round & set the place on fire will be quite cool……

    • Matrix_3692

      i think that a 25mm round contains too little napalm for any desirable effect, event you empty your whole magazine on a target (non-flammable) you might just be looking at a fire little more than what you used for barbecue.

    • orly?

      Interesting thought, but I’d hate to see a misfire

  • I wonder when they will make HEAT rounds for this thing. Semi-auto Anti light armor gun anyone?

  • Uppercut

    The Israel Military Industries have a similar idea which can be fitted on an existing assault rifle (called the MPRS). The sight is used for both the weapon and grenade launcher. The grenade is a dedicated one. It might not have all the features of the XM-25 but I bet it is only a fraction of the cost and could be deployed much more quickly….it is a shame that the US doesn’t fully leverage their allies capabilities…..
    Here is the IMI web page for the product….. http://www.imi-israel.com/home/doc.aspx?mCatID=68

    • mig1nc

      I just looked at your MPRS link.

      It has a self destruct mode? That’s …. well… Interesting.

      • blight

        I think they mean the munitions have a user-settable timer mode without the weapon (otherwise that would be time delay?)

        So one could set “self destruct” and throw them if you really had to?

    • Now THATS what I’m talking about!!

      Put these new “smart grenades” on to existing rifles. It would be much quicker to field the weapon since every squad has a grenadier who is already trained on the M203, all this does is add a few buttons to his existing kit.

      • blight

        ATK disapproves!

      • Jeff

        This was derived from the OICW’s launcher, which was too small a caliber to be effective and made that weapon too bulky. OICW’s rifle component was effectively a heavily shortened and lightened G36. So after trying what everyone here is asking for, it wasn’t exactly possible in that scale.

    • Jeff

      Most of the current cost of the XM-25 comes from its low rate production. At full rate production the contract have the high explosive round at roughly half the price of the M203’s high explosive round; $35/round as opposed to the the current low volume production of $100/round. In the same vein the full rate production cost of the XM-25 is set at $25,000, down from the current $35,000.

      The US military’s relationship, with the IMI has shown to be more of liability due to the willingness of IMI to sell to non-allies of the US…. even still its been less give and take.

  • sooperfly

    I’m not convinced. In looking at the burst envelope, what’s the fragmentation look like and how is it distributed. Seems like a soldier with helmet and body armor would survive except for maybe a really close hit. And the range ain’t much more than a 203. I thought this thing was supposed to hit out to 1km! If its at squad level then I hope we keep on real 40mm grenadier as well.

  • Galloglas

    WELL, At least the wounded enemy will leave a good blood trail to follow after he runs back to his buddies.

  • Matrix_3692

    Maybe they can think about en-longing the barrel and make it into an ultra light artillery piece, pocket cannons anyone?

  • blight

    Probably, but since these are airburst rounds putting one through a window will probably kill whoever’s inside. Sometimes you want HVTs. Alternatively, sometimes you want to fire some stun rounds /over/ people’s heads. An airburst flashbang is probably more acceptable than rubber bullets which can kill, pepper rounds which can maim, so on and so forth.

  • shon

    true, but that would increase the size, weight and cost of the ammo and weapon

  • errol helton

    Why didn’t we just copy the German MG-42?
    Why didn’t we just copy the Russian AK-47?

    The German grenade with its handle could be thrown farther than ours so, why didn’t we copy it?

    The Japanese knee mortar was a deadly weapon that was easy to carry and deploy – we ignored it too.

    The Russians installed a rear firing stinger rocket on its fighters – we haven’t done that.

    Israel put rear view mirrors in the fighters we sold them to enable spotting someone on their “six” – it was simple and inexpensive…we didn’t do that.

    The XM-25 is a great idea and makes hiding behind the wall or rock, and over the crest an idea that no longer works but you can bet, the other side will have the same weapon, in greater numbers in no time at all.

    Now, where can one find protection? Only by using unmanned systems to fight our battles can we avoid losing more and more men and that’s our great advantage.

    • blight

      Potato masher can be thrown farther, but there is bulk (from the handle) and I /think/ less lethal payload. I remember reading in Band of Brothers that a soldier with a baseball pitching background pitched a hand grenade: which would give it considerable range. If we wanted ranged grenades, we could design them like Nerf footballs with tails, and then launch them with spin. Adjust training regimens to include more throwing exercises.

      Knee mortar wasn’t a knee mortar: it was ground mounted. Anybody who fired it off their knee broke it. Our preference was for accurate 60mm mortar fire over a super lightweight 50mm mortar, though I guess the M203 is kind of like the knee mortar in spirit.

      I know the United States put a missile in the rear gunner position of the B-52; but this was eventually deleted. I imagine off-bore engagement by fighter craft will eliminate the utility of “rear firing” missiles, as any front-firing missile would eject and engage targets from all aspect; but that’s sometime in the future.

    • Guest

      “Israel put rear view mirrors in the fighters we sold them to enable spotting someone on their “six” – it was simple and inexpensive…we didn’t do that.”

      Yes we do…

    • STemplar

      Maybe because we beat all those countries with equipment the way we made it so we figured ours is better…..

    • blight

      Off-topic, but I’ve begun to wonder if something like a dog ball thrower for hand grenades would work to extend their range. It means less bulk on the grenade like the potato masher, and no handle to mess with the physics (the handle affecting the spin of the grenade)

  • 1 of Many

    The XM weapon was under development six years ago but was cancelled
    by the Bush administration. Just sayin’…

  • howard

    the key to the boots on the ground is to have enough of them and
    enough ammo to take out the targets and keep the bag guys
    far away…increase the range of this monster!

  • YWG

    Good use at the appropriate range