The RAID- Rifle Actuated IED Defeat System
The RAID from Cardinal Scientific is a drag line that’s fired from a 5.56 NATO-based service weapon using live ammo instead of blanks. The system is based around the use of a projectile and a sacrificial cartridge insert. The user slips the cartridge into the bore of the projectile and then slips the assembly down onto the barrel of the host. Previous systems relied on blanks, while the new system uses metalurgy and physics to control the deformation of the fired round, directing all its energy safely and efficiently into the projectile.
The benefit of the system is the user never needs to unload live ammo in his rifle. They carry a handful or two of the bullet-trap cartridges. The live rounds are caught in the cartridge and the cartridge indicates it’s use with a bulge and a newly exposed warning sticker. Even if the unit is fired without a cartridge, Cardinal says, there is a little danger since there is a hole in the end of the projectile to allow the escape of a live round. The projectile can be fired slick for tripwire detection or with metal or polymer grapplers attached to uncover command wires.
Cardinal tested the system firing M855A1 and found the range was about 100 meters towing 550 cord. They’ve fired more than 40 rounds through a single system and have yet to kill it. Cardinal says they are working on a 7.62 NATO-based version as well. The unit is available on contract vehicle W91CRB-11-D0020. Pricing and delivery information is available upon request.