With an effective airburst range of about 700 meters (2,296.59 feet), there are obvious advantages for the shooter who is not forced into close proximity with his or her target. But...The XM25 "smart grenade launcher" lets combatants set its ammunition to explode when it reaches a set distance.It means a grenade can be set to go off just after it passes through a window or is just over the target's head, without having struck an object.One expert called it "revolutionary" but warned there were risks involved.
The article does not detail how anyone can be "very, very sure" at a distance of something more than a third of a mile. But I have a hunch that if bullets were emanating from a particular window or doorway and if those bullets were aimed at you, the sense of "very, very sure" might diminish rapidly."It is by nature quite indiscriminate - you can't see behind the cover of what you are trying to shoot behind."Yes, you can shoot the grenades behind windows, for example, but you'd have to be very, very sure that [the target aside] there was no-one else in the room."
Women and children, beware! "Collateral damage" is the phrase used to cover that about which we, the taxpayers who make such weapons possible, cover our tracks and ease our conscience.
And you thought there was a diminishing bang for your buck.