French company ALSETEX was showing off their mockup of a new straight-pull grenade launcher, the Cougar, at Eurosatory 2014. Unlike other smart-grenade launchers like the XM25 or Daewoo K11, the Cougar does not use a heavy and complicated “smart” sighting system, nor does it fire proprietary grenades. Instead, it opts for a simple and easy to use EOTech holographic sight, and standard 40x46mm grenades. The result is a lightweight weapon, weighing only 3.4kg (7.5lbs) unloaded. The weapon is being marketed as a less-lethal police weapon, as well as a military squad support element.
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