XM25 CDTE renamed XM25 Individual Semiautomatic Air Burst System

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) System has been renamed the XM25 Individual Semiautomatic Air Burst System. The former name sounded much to technical and could be applied to just about anything from shovels to hand grenades. I rarely saw it used in Army PR. The new name has much greater congressional appeal 🙂

The Army has also announced that congress has granted an additional 24.7 million in funding for 36 new prototype XM25s to supplement the five already in the field.

  1. the term defilade refers to the use of terrain or obstacles to shield or conceal 

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Charles222 Charles222 on Oct 14, 2011

    I don't suppose there's been any more word on the anti-armor round for this? I've seen specs for it, and apparently it'll penetrate 50mm of armor.

    To put that in perspective, a BMP-2 has 34mm at it's thickest point (before ERA is on, anyway); a light infantry platoon with a few of these and the antiarmor rounds could absolutely shred its third world mechanized counterpart.

    I'm still amazed at just how sleek they've gotten the optic; I remember seeing the original OICW and the early version of the optic was just unbelievably massive.

  • JamesD JamesD on Oct 14, 2011

    Smart grenades aren't cheap and neither is the weapon that fires them.

    But I still think it's too expensive.