The IAWS is a next-generation, semi-automatic weapon designed for
effectiveness against enemies protected by walls, dug into foxholes or hidden in
The IAWS provides the soldier with a 300 percent to 500 percent increase in
hit probability to defeat point, area and defilade targets out to 500 meters.
The weapon features revolutionary high-explosive, airburst ammunition programmed
by the weapon's target acquisition/fire control system (TA/FC).
The system integrates ballistics computation in the full-solution TA/FC. The
soldier places the aim point on target and activates the laser rangefinder. The
fire-control system provides an adjusted aim point. The soldier places the
adjusted aim point on target and pulls the trigger. Target information is
communicated to the chambered 25 mm round. As the round speeds down range, it
measures the distance traveled and bursts at the pre-programmed distance.
The IAWS precisely delivers airbursting munitions in all conditions. It is
five times more lethal at the M203 maximum range and continues to provide
lethality well beyond the M203's maximum ability. The system is designed for
optimum performance at 300 meters but will perform to 500 meters and beyond. It
includes five different types of ammunition: thermobaric, flechette, training,
high-explosive airbursting and nonlethal.
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