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50ae
08-28-2007, 6:22 AM
Faulty army rifles put Diggers at risk
Article from: The Courier-Mail


Ian McPhedran

August 28, 2007 12:00am

AUSTRALIAN troops are being sent to war in the Middle East with faulty weapons that malfunction under extreme conditions, army reports reveal.

Dozens of Australian-made F88 Steyr assault rifles have also been fitted with incorrect parts that cause them to misfire, further placing Australian troops in jeopardy.

Reports on defective or unsatisfactory materiel (RODUMS) between March 2005 and March this year show 44 serious failures of war stocks of ammunition during the two years from March 2005 to March this year.

These included faulty smoke grenades, hand grenades, bullets and rockets.

In another case, six out of six main weapon mounts on SAS long-range patrol vehicles were faulty and eight 50 calibre machine guns were supplied to SAS troops with key parts missing altogether.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws by Channel 7 News reveal fault rates of up to 20 per cent for the Steyr and other weapons.

They also show that snipers were provided with incorrect cleaning fluid that degraded the accuracy of their rifles.

The weapon problems come despite record defence spending and the Howard Government's commitment to provide troops with the best equipment money can buy.

In December 2005 Prime Minister John Howard said: "It is just not acceptable for a country as wealthy as Australia to send men and women into the field without them having the best possible equipment and we certainly intend to ensure that happens."

But according to army records, as many as 20 per cent of Steyr rifles on operational duty were rated "unsatisfactory".

The army owns more than 70,000 of the 5.56mm assault weapons.

In one case the working parts of the firing mechanism were faulty because they had incorrect return springs.

"In most cases they (springs) are around 30-45mm shorter than the new kits when first installed," a RODUM states.

"It is essential that this problem be given a permanent repair method as soon as possible as this problems seems to be affecting peoples' confidence in the weapon."

Defence spokesman Andrew Nikolic said:

"No organisation of our size can have a zero fault outcome."

The Prime Minister last night denied there were systemic weaknesses or faults with the weapons issued to Australian troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's contrary to what I've been told, not only be the generals but by the blokes on the ground," he said.

But Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said there should be an audit.

Morales
08-28-2007, 9:17 AM
They use a variant of the AUG right?

Full Clip
08-28-2007, 10:25 AM
They use a variant of the AUG right?

Looks like it to me...

http://www.tridentmilitary.com/photo-gallery/Australian-photo-2.jpg

ar15barrels
08-28-2007, 10:48 AM
http://www.tridentmilitary.com/photo-gallery/Australian-photo-2.jpg

A Minimi pouch :eek:

They carry Vern Troyer in a pouch on their belt?

http://www.djlonline.com/bloog/minime.jpg

They better be careful that he does not get ahold of the knife or the torch.
That could be an ugly problem to have an armed midget in a pouch on your belt! :D

Socal858
08-28-2007, 10:52 AM
A Minimi pouch :eek:

They carry Vern Troyer in a pouch on their belt?

http://www.djlonline.com/bloog/minime.jpg

They better be careful that he does not get ahold of the knife or the torch.
That could be an ugly problem to have an armed midget in a pouch on your belt! :D

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

ARRRR-15
08-28-2007, 11:08 AM
Just give them the AK's taken from the dead insurgents.

Problem Solved.:D

AKman
08-28-2007, 12:59 PM
Just give them some of the 110,000 AK-47 rifles and 80,000 pistols the US seems to have "lost" in Iraq.

SemiAutoSam
08-28-2007, 1:16 PM
Ill bet 99% of you guys didn't even know I owned long range patrol vehicles or I had an army of Troops did ya now?



Six out of six main weapon mounts on SAS long-range patrol vehicles were faulty and eight 50 calibre machine guns were supplied to SAS troops with key parts missing altogether.

wilit
08-28-2007, 6:07 PM
Their guns probably don't work because there's no proper gunsmiths left after they outlawed everything.

Dr. Peter Venkman
08-28-2007, 7:02 PM
Probably put in Airsoft parts.

5968
08-28-2007, 9:32 PM
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Probably put in Airsoft parts.


ROTFLMAO!!:43: