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Offline beng

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Grenade Launcher time fused airburst and recon camera ammo
« on: January 17, 2015, 06:29:23 am »
Time-fused grenades that explode over the target for hitting enemies in defilade were already available in the 20th century. They should still be around in 2084.

See for example the US XM29/XM25 OICW, S. Korean K11, or the CIS ABMS, which use grenades with time fuses. The OICW uses a spin revolutions counter while the other systems use a computerised timer. Both can explode the grenade over a trench, just past a corner, or just inside a window, without it having to impact anything to go off. The ABMS can also set variable times on a burst of grenades from an auto grenade launcher to bust in a line and cover a long stretch of ground with fragments.

Also there is a 40mm grenade launcher round which contains a parachute camera for battlefield recon.

See:

ABMS / camera round:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDVGAjvmcfk

OICW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDbPaVUb9IY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hctyc6THbcE


K11:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2IgHa6WwUo

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Re: Grenade Launcher time fused airburst and recon camera ammo
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 12:55:43 pm »
Actually, the GL used to have a time-fused firing mode, but it added a lot of UI clutter, and was rarely useful (VERY useful sometimes though). It got removed as a design decision, so I doubt it will be coming back. The GL did get a range buff as compensation though, which was probably a good deal for PHALANX, on balance. I'd rather it got a high-register fire option over timed-fused fire though, personally.

I suppose a case might be made for bringing back time-fusing as an ammo option, but then you are bringing back a different type of complexity for small gains. I suppose the code for time-fusing still exists though - maybe there is a mod with it in?