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flechette

[fle′shet]
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A small fin-stabilized missile, a large number of which can be loaded in an artillery canister or in a warhead.
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The flechettes were packed in a plastic cup with granulated white polyethylene to maintain alignment with the bore axis, and supported by a metal disk to prevent penetration of the over-powder wad during acceleration down the bore.
The Apache boasts "the mincer" - a gruesome anti-personnel missile containing 80 5in-long steel darts called flechettes.
They also say the troops are using new types of Grad rockets, including Chinese-made Grads that spread flechettes when they explode to kill as many as possible.
Martel observes that throughout October 1914, on average, the French were dropping daily by airplane 50,000 antipersonnel flechettes (steel darts)--the only suitable airborne projectiles available in large numbers.
Israeli forces may have illegally used two other kinds of weapons in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead: flechettes and Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME).
The Leviathan was a giant airship, a manufactured whale which lived and breathed, lt was fitted with a whole range of useful beasties including lizards that conveyed messages, bats that ate metal filings that became flechettes, dangerous as missiles, and strafing hawks that could destroy aeroplanes and other enemy craft.
I waited for the flechettes from the 90mm bee hive rounds to come hissing our way, but the tankers must have recognized us.
Designed for use against troop concentrations, flechettes have been targeted by human rights groups who say their use in residential areas amounts to a war crime.
A medical examination and X-rays showed several 3-cm -long spikes, known as flechettes, in the body of Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old Palestinian.
Neither has the Israeli army shown any remorse for the fact that, in the autopsy, flechettes were found in Shana's body, a weapon not strictly prohibited by international law but one that is highly controversial given its lethalness.
They also sometimes used beehives, a bomb filled with over eight thousand flechettes, or small metal darts.