Learning from Tragedy, IDF Develops Safer Hand Grenade (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/09/12)
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The IDF Ground Forces will begin using a new, safer type of hand
grenade in the course of the year. The safer grenade will not explode
if struck by an enemy bullet. The development of the grenade was
accelerated after the death of Major Eliraz Peretz in Gaza in 2010,
when an enemy bullet hit a grenade he was carrying in his vest.
The grenade is an upgraded version of the veteran no. 26 grenade.
However, the spark that detonates its explosive component will only
be lit if the grenade´s safety has been removed.
Maj. Yoav Galster, Combat Equipment Commander in the Land Forces
Weapons Division said, "There are already tens of thousands of these
grenades in the IDF´s stores. The means of operation and the effect
will stay the same, there will only be a great leap forward in terms
of safety. This is the first non-sensitive ammunition currently used
by the Ground Forces."
The IDF is also considering upgrading existing grenades by replacing
their safety mechanisms with the upgraded kind.
The Ground Forces are also preparing to begin use another new type of
grenade – the "launched smoke grenade." This is a grenade that can be
fired from any rifle, instead of being thrown manually as is usually
the case. This makes it possible to screen the enemy´s line of sight
in a fuller way while affording a better line of vision for friendly
troops. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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