The U.S. Army’s Spider XM7 Network Command Munition is a hand-emplaced, remotely controlled, anti-personnel munitions system. Through positive radio control and positive target identification, the Spider meets 2004 Ottowa Treaty and National Landmine Policies. It replaces earlier landmine and anti-personnel systems that were often remote-detonated.
The Spider is designed to be used with tripwires to provide early warning of intrusion and can be used to control the Spider XM7 six-portal grenade launcher system or six claymore anti-personnel mines simultaneously. It can be used long-term to provide perimeter defense at a patrol base or forward operating base, as well as for hasty protection or ambushes while on patrol.
The Spider contains no explosive materials. it simply attaches to, and controls deployed explosives in the field. Munitions attached to the Spider can be command-detonated by an operator up to 1000 meters away.