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Army Releases 1st New Grenade in 40 Years – Look What the Switch on the Side Does

Though infantry troops around the world have used grenades for centuries, the U.S. Army has not made any major updates to the weapon in 40 years. But a new development looks to revolutionize the device, and simultaneously give soldiers more discretionary options, something they’ve been requesting for years.

The old M67 grenade was built with right-handed soldiers in mind, but the new Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose hand grenade is designed to be used ambidextrously. It also features a small switch on the side which will allow the user to deploy either a fragmentation explosion or a concussion bomb.

Jessica Perciballi is a project officer with the U.S. Army, Grenades & Demolitions Division. She was able to explain more about the way the ET-MP will revolutionize battle for members of our military:

“They are currently carrying one M67 grenade that provides lethal fragmentation effects. With the new multi-purpose grenade, they can carry one ET-MP grenade and have the ability to choose either fragmentation or concussive effects desired for the situation.”

The new grenade also features an electronic fuse. This will increase the accuracy of its timing once armed and make is safer to handle. In short, it will enhance fighting capabilities while limiting collateral damage – a win, win.

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