The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade will let soldiers set the grenade to fragmentation or concussive effect with the flip of a switch. The weapon is also designed for ambidextrous use so it can be both armed and thrown easily with either hand. Current grenades require a different arming procedure for left-handed users, according to the Army.
The ET-MP also has electronic fuze timing. “Detonation time can now be narrowed down into milliseconds, and until armed, the hand grenade will not be able to detonate,” said Matthew Hall, Grenades Tech Base Development Lead, in the Army’s statement.
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“Our warfighter lost the capability of using an alternate lethal hand grenade when the MK3A2 concussion grenade was taken out of service in 1975 due to an asbestos hazard, leaving the M67 fragmentation grenade,” explained Picatinny Arsenal, in a statement.
John: Smooth surface, levers to flip to ‘set it’ before throwing (in the dark, wet night?). Removing the reliable mechanical fuse and adding digital chips (made in China?). What could possibility go wrong?
Asbestos Hazard??? You mean they were worried about the enemy soldier surviving the blast and then suing the US Government for exposing them to asbestos?