An upgraded form of grenade launcher is set to undergo final tests before entering service with the US military, with the apparently "smart" XM-25 grenade launcher coming with a plethora of features designed to make sure no one can pick up its bombs and lob them back.
The primary feature is a range-setting tool, which adjusts the trigger time of the projectile. This means the launcher can estimate the distance to a target and ensure the payload explodes as soon as it arrives by popping as soon as it crashes through a window, bringing new levels of speed and efficiency – and exciting video game-like features – to the art of clearing bad people out of derelict buildings.
Not only that, but this smart launcher has a laser rangefinder that gives the shooter advice on how high to aim to compensate for the pull of gravity, opening up a maximum potential range of 700 metres, with enemies at the extreme end of its range experiencing a blast strong enough to flatten them. It may also function as a music player, but that's not been made official yet.
An earlier version of the weapon was combat-trialled in Afghanistan in 2013, but withdrawn after it was implicated in an accident that injured one of the good guys. [Defense News via BBC]