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US accidently fired a Patriot missile - landed in farm

How can you 'accidentally' fire a laser guided missile? Thats 1 million + of missile gone :)

U.S. forces in Qatar accidentally fired a Patriot missile at a farm in the Gulf Arab state but caused no injuries, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The U.S. military is investigating the missile launch, first reported by Al Jazeera television. The Patriot is an anti-missile system.

"Those things are not supposed to accidentally discharge," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. "It was not supposed to happen."

Whitman said the missile was fired into an unpopulated farm area. The missile was fired during a training exercise, said Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, director of operations for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Al Jazeera said the missile was fired from the Assayliyah base.

U.S.-allied Qatar was a launch pad for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

 http://www.reuters.com/arti...
By netchicken: posted on 17-10-2007

See how good the U.S. Army is?
They were shooting at nothing at scored a direct hit!

Here's the deal:
The unit was conducting a training exercise. Somewhere along the line the weapon was not put in the safe mode. Some little soldier "pulls the trigger". Same little soldier soils his underwear when he realizes he just launched a missile. Soldier's commander wonders if he kept the old rank in the drawer after he was promoted. No use in buying another set if you kept the old.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 18-10-2007








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