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    The MXT135 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System

    The MXT135 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System has a range of roughly 7,800 feet - and is to be deployed in Afghanistan soon. I would call it the "Equalizer." Some call it the "Punisher".

    The rifle's gun sight uses a laser range finder to determine the exact distance to the obstruction, after which the soldier can add or subtract up to 10 meters from that distance to enable the bullets to clear the barrier and explode above or beside the target.

    Soldiers will be able to use them to target snipers hidden in trenches rather than calling in air strikes.

    The 35-millimeter round contains a chip that receives a radio signal from the gun sight as to the precise distance to the target.

    Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, project manager for the system, described the weapon as a 'game-changer' that other nations will try and copy.

    The Army plans to buy 42,500 of the MXT135 rifles this year, enough for every member of the infantry and special forces, at a cost of $11,900.00 each.

    Lehner told Fox News: "With this weapon system, we take away cover from [enemy targets] forever. Tactics are going to have to be rewritten. The only thing we can see [enemies] being able to do is run away."

    Experts say the rifle means that enemy troops will no longer be safe if they take cover. The MXT135 appears to be the perfect weapon for street-to-street fighting that troops in Afghanistan have to engage in, with enemy fighters hiding behind walls and only breaking cover to fire occasionally.

    The weapon's laser finder would work out how far away the enemy was and then the U.S. Soldier would add one meter using a button near the trigger.

    When fired, the explosive round would carry exactly one meter past the wall and explode with the force of a hand grenade above the Taliban fighter.

    The army's project manager for new weapons, Douglas Tamilio, said: ''This is the first leap-ahead technology for troops that we've been able to develop and deploy."

    A patent granted to the bullet's maker, Alliant Tech systems, reveals that the chip can determine how far it has traveled. Mr. Tamilio said: "You could shoot a Javelin missile, and it would cost about $69,000. These rounds will end up costing $45.00 apiece."

    They're relatively cheap. Lehner added: "This is a game-changer. The enemy has learned to get cover, for hundreds if not thousands of years. Well, they can't do that anymore. We're taking that cover from them and there's only two outcomes: We're going to get you behind that cover or force you to flee." The rifle will initially use high-explosive rounds, but its makers say that it might later use versions with smaller explosive charges that aim to stun rather than kill.
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    I saw this on "Future weapons" (or some show like that hosted by a navy seal) many years ago and never heard any more about it. Way back then it showed taking out shooters inside a concrete bunker that were on either side of an open window. Round exploded just as it cleared the thickness of the wall. They had different rounds for different situations. They must've finally greased enough palms to get the military to give it a look.

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    Some of this new stuff is almost scary in what it can do. I sure hope this stays in our hands only. I am also sure it has some limitations, intense close in firefights, etc, due to rate of fire, number of rds carried,
    maybe weight, etc. 35mm is not s small round. Just guessing? Also some of this new stuff doesn't work out as well in real life as the all the hype/sales pitches say it will. I would think it would supplement, but
    could not replace the standard issued infantry weapons? Posibly a game changer here.
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    I carried an M-79, in Vietnam. It is a 40 MM round. I learned to arc the round and get really close.
    ( close is usually good enough ) but it shorten the distance. So, one of us had to get close.
    It was very effective.

    This weapon is going to be a game changer. If it works like it says I am going to like it.

    My M-79 and mobility gear.

    Ron
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    We should have lied and said it's a shotgun a big shotgun and it's just like in the movies!!
    Our press corps would not know the difference.. Maybe Russian Reporters or the NRA
    They should not tell anybody about this weapon and been like the Soviets were with the AK in the 1950's.
    I know they will find out anyway.. But we should not give them any help to figure out it's particulars.
    This high tech grenade launcher can save lives on our side, we are still in a shooting war right?
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    Ron, thanks for the pictures. I always like shooting the old 40mm M-79. In a weird way it kind of reminded me of a big break open single shot shotgun we had when I was young. Pretty darn accurate too. Never had it as an issued
    weapon like you did. I always wanted to fire the shotgun round, but never had the chance to do so. I never took to the M-203, just wasn't the same. Afganistan with it's wide open spaces and long distance firefights should be a very
    good place to use this new weapon. I hope it kicks butt!
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