M85 : an analysis of reliability

KING, Colin

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This is a detailed analysis of cluster munition performance based on survey and clearance of contaminated sites in southern Lebanon. Specifically, the focus is on the M85 bomblet. This report concludes that despite the incorporation of a high-quality SD-mechanism, the overall reliability in combat is worse than has been indicated by tests. A high percentage of cluster munitions remain on the ground as unexploded ordinance. This creates a serious risk of injury to civilian populations

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