[FoRK] Africa...

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Fri Jan 8 09:59:13 PST 2010


On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 4:41 AM, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at ceruleansystems.com
> wrote:

>
> On Jan 8, 2010, at 3:17 AM, Jean Jordaan wrote:
>
> > "US Department of Defense statistics indicate that something like 285
> > million BLU 26 series submunitions were dropped on Vietnam, Cambodia and
> > Laos", so it comes to the same thing: they knew they were dropping bombs
> > that would be killing for generations.
> > ...
> > Elsewhere on that site they quote failure rates of around 30% for
> > bombs dropped in Laos.
>
>
> The reported failure rate is considerably lower than 30% (though still not
> great). When the US switched to smart munitions many years back, the US sold
> its Viet Nam era cluster bomb inventory to several different countries that
> have deployed them.  Modern US munitions as a class are generally excluded
> from cluster bomb and land mine policy arguments, being both sensor-fuzed
> and having reliably low failure rates in any case (less than 1%).


Not sure what you are referring to as sensor-fuzed munitions? Are you
talking smart bombs?

If not, then a brief search of the web turns up submunition failure rates of
anywhere up to 36%, depending on the source and the particular submunition
in question.

For example, a quick google search on "M77 failure rate" turns references to
US government figures of 5%, 16% and 26%, with British sources quoting 5-10%
failure rates. This is the cluster munition used in the M26 rocket fired
from the MLRS system.

Certainly not good enough to put it in a class of its own.


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