In June, soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division were the first in the Army to start training on the new 40mm M320 grenade launcher.
German firearms maker Heckler & Koch designed the weapon, which will eventually replace the M203 grenade launcher that the Army has used since the late-1960s.
The M320 can be attached to M4 and M16 rifles. It can also be fired as a stand-alone weapon. The launcher is equipped with a side opening that can accept longer projectiles, an advanced day and night sight and a double-action trigger.
The Army plans to purchase nearly 72,000 M320s over the next several years at a cost of $3,500 each.