Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) – XM25
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The Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) – XM25 System provides the Soldier with a smart revolutionary weapon system that breaks the current small-arms direct-fire parity. It dramatically increases Soldier lethality and range with a family of 25 mm programmable ammunition. The XM25 enables the small unit and individual Soldier to engage defilade targets by providing a 25 mm air bursting capability that can be used in all operational environments. The CDTE is an individually fired, semi-automatic, man-portable weapon system.

The CDTE System reduces the reliance of small units on nonorganic assets (mortars, artillery, and air support) and the need to compete for priority of fires when time is critical. In addition to air bursting ammunition, a family of ammunition is being developed to support other missions, which could include armor-piercing and nonlethal scenarios.


XM25 allows the individual Soldier to quickly and accurately engage targets by producing an adjusted aim point based on range, environmental factors and user inputs. The target acquisition and fire control integrates thermal capability with direct-view optics, laser rangefinder, compass, fuse setter, ballistic computer and an internal display. An individual Soldier employing basic rifle marksmanship skills can effectively engage exposed or defilade targets in just seconds out to 800 meters.


  • Caliber: 25 mm
  • Weight: 13.8 pounds (with target acquisition and fire control, unloaded)
  • Length: 30 inches
  • Range: 500 meters point target; 800 meters effective range for area target


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