Airburst round

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An airburst round, airburst shell, air burst grenade, or smart grenade is a type of tactical anti-personnel explosive ammunition, typically a shell or grenade, that detonates in midair, causing air burst effect fragment damage to an enemy.

This makes it easier to hit enemy soldiers behind a wall, in a defensive fighting position, or in a confined space or room. It is used on many guns, from artillery to the hand-held XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon System (derived from the XM29 OICW). Unlike traditional grenades, such as the 40 mm grenade, smart grenades can be electronically programmed to explode after traveling a certain distance. A fire control computer or some other electronic sighting system is used to quickly program the electronic fuse with any distance, as conditions dictate.

Orbital ATK developed 30x173mm Mk310 PABM-T airburst rounds for Mk44 Bushmaster II.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.orbitalatk.com/defense-systems/small-caliber-systems/30-20mmx173mm/
  2. ^ https://www.orbitalatk.com/defense-systems/small-caliber-systems/30-20mmx173mm/docs/30-20x173_Fact_Sheet.pdf
  3. ^ "TASS: Military & Defense - Russia to develop anti-drone shrapnel ammunition".
  4. ^ "UVZ to unveil modernized BMP-1 with 2A72 cannon at Army 2018 | August 2018 Global Defense Security army news industry | Defense Security global news industry army 2018 | Archive News year".
  5. ^ http://www.deagel.com/Cannons-and-Gear/MK-30-2_a001467002.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/18216/mauser-wins-german-afv-gun-contract.html
  7. ^ https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/public_relations/themen_im_fokus/entwicklungsschwerpunkt_effektoren/index.php
  8. ^ http://warfaretech.blogspot.com/2014/01/rheinmetall-wotan-30mm.html