The folks at ATK have reason to cheer. The company announced September 12th that it received an engineering and manufacturing development contract modification from the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier for its XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System.
The $16.8 million contract funds the continuing design, integration, production and testing of fully functional systems to ensure the weapon’s final design meets performance requirements and is production-ready prior to fielding.
The XM25 fires a 25mm airbursting round. Munitions are programmed by an integrated target acquisition and fire control system to burst above a designated target. Soldiers are given the proper aimpoint to account for range to the target and environmental factors like ambient temperature, greatly enhancing the speed at which targets are engaged.
XM25 prototypes were fielded for FOA (Forward Operational Assessment) in Afghanistan from 11/2010 to 05/2012. ATK will be supporting another FOA scheduled for 2013 with new pre-production prototypes.