U.S. Army Shortlists Two Companies on the PGS Program
The new Precision Grenadier System (PGS) program weapon will be a counterpart to Orbital ATK's XM-25 program, which was cancelled in 2017. The PGS will be portable and engage targets in the open field. The range will be between 500 and 1000 meters, with a maximum target engagement time of five seconds and a maximum bomb flight time of three seconds for the closest target. The maximum length of the weapon should be 86 cm maximum, and the maximum weight should not exceed 6.5 kg.
The XM-25 was cancelled for financial reasons, not technical, in the context of the U.S. Army's attempt to save $ 2.3 billion. The XM-25, also known as the 'Punisher', has been described as a 'game-changer' in infantry combat, particularly in small-scale warfare, as the 25mm grenades have proven in tests to engage targets under cover, behind wall successfully. While operationally, the weapon was relatively successful in testing in the U.S., but not in Afghanistan, it ran over schedule and budget.