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English article about that gun incident...

I was looking for an English article during my research of the "gun accident" in the Austrian military and couldn't find any by yesterday. Today the article here is the only English version I could find. Although they call it a "missile" - I'm not that familiar with military chargon but to me a missile is a "guided projectile" that either is remote controlled or self steering... Austrian armed forces to my knowledge only have one device that warrants the term "missile" and it is for ground/air purposes. What hit the town was a shell fired from an M-109 howitzer however... an artillary gun... clearly such a projectile can not be controlled after it leaves the muzzle of the gun.

On a side-note: I'm not the only one to wonder about our military here... a reader's letter in an Austrian newspaper said something along the lines of "It must be clear to potential enemies how to overcome the Austrian military: let it train long enough" ;)



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Sep. 21st, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
It just occured to me doing a Pawpet News in Austrian rather than English (with badly translated subtitles) might be funny...
Sep. 21st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia is your friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M109_howitzer

It does fire the M712 "Copperhead" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M712_Copperhead) a 155 mm cannon-launched, fin-stabilized, terminally laser-guided, explosive projectile -- sure looks like a "missile" or rocket to me; although, I define any directed projectile, from thrown stone to ICBM, as a missile.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info... Although "it can fire" doesn't really mean that the Austrian military has it. International contracts set up post WW2 both declare us as neutral and forbid certain types of weapons. Guided missiles are amongst those to a certain extent (as are nuclear weapons) - don't ask the details but even our fighter planes are armed only with machine guns and some very basic missiles so I doubt that the artillary has those things ;P
Sep. 23rd, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
I suppose they mean missile as in any launched weapon. Either that or they just don’t care about the details.
I like that they say the artillery was impounded for testing, like it’s going to run off and shoot more shells if they don’t lock it up. That and I imagine they were testing it to begin with.
We don’t tend to get many foreign news reports, even from Canada, and I guess even little England manages to find enough internal stories to stay self absorbed. You’d think military incompetence with no one getting killed would be funny enough to make some mention though. Well, no one but the cat; I hope he was no relation of yours.
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