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British troops are to be issued with a new 'super-bullet' to fight the Taliban as their current ammunition does not have the punch to kill the enemy at long range.
The high-performance round will be fired from standard-issue SA80 assault rifles. Nicknamed the 'Dirty Harry round' after the powerful bullets used by Clint Eastwood in the 1971 movie, it is expected to be on the front line in Afghanistan by 2011.
Its development by UK defence firms BAE Systems and QinetiQ follows Army concern in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last year that the standard 5.56mm SA80 round was failing to hit its target at distances of more than 400 yards.
Secondly why is it only now that the government has decided to use this improved ammunition? I say now, of course the article clearly states the ammunition will not be in use until 2011.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
Of course Labour is promising to provide the troops with everything they need (just like they did when in opposition). And Tories are doing the same thing. Both parties are united promising the troops everything, yet delivering them much less than their personal safety deserves.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
then why not equip the average grunt with the AK-47, then deploy more soldiers with long range rifles to pick off targets?
Originally posted by fritz
I have over 40 years experience of small arms and was current on MMG/HMG up to the old M2, but in all my years, I have never heard of 'greening'!
What is it and what is it supposed to do?
[edit on 03/07/10 by fritz]