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17 November 2009

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Hi James, I just read that the 70mm Hydra unguided rocket, found under AH-64 Apache, etc. has now been provided with a guidance kit. So, even though Hellfire is much more powerful, instead of 16 Hellfires, Apache can probably carry 4 pods of 10 or 12 missiles each, with a variety of warheads.Why waste a Hellfire on two creeps planting an IED, when a 70mm flechette round or two could do the trick, while leaving some tangible evidence to collect. Thanks, Joe

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