US Army`s new Taliban-hunting super weapon revealed

The weapon is a small precision grenade that flies above enemy and explodes.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 16:29 PM IST

New York: The US Army has revealed that it has a new super weapon that can effectively hunt down and target the Taliban in Afghanistan

The weapon is a small precision grenade that flies just above the enemy and suddenly explodes, taking the target down.

According to ABC News, the Army`s next generation grenade rifle system has been used in several real firefights in Afghanistan. The experimental XM-25 is lovingly referred to as "The Punisher”.

The video, released by the Army and posted on Military.com, is the closest look yet at the XM-25 and demonstrates not only the weapon’s ability to detonate a grenade at a precise, preprogrammed distance, potentially eliminating enemies` ability to hide behind cover, but also its high-tech sighting system and various ammunition loads.

Five prototypes of the rifles have already seen combat in nine operational missions in Afghanistan as part of what the military called a "forward operational assessment" of the weapon.

There, they helped soldiers put a quicker end to deadly firefights, according to a February report by the military.

ANI