A Comal County, Texas resident recently found a military missile launcher in his back garden. Surprisingly, when he called the usual suspects (FBI, DHS, the Sheriffs Department), no one really seemed all that pushed about going to his house to pick it up.
Another non-tech story. Not complaining coz i'm reading it. So is there a part 2 instore as you left the end hanging as to from where it came from. Ok i see that "full story here" link. Guess i'm supposed to click on it. It's not a remote trigger to the launcher? Here goes...
You must be very new to this site? There's always at least one weird piece in the news here which is one thing I like. I like these interesting non-tech articles -- I like sharing them with my co-workers because they get a kick out of these.
1991 is when it was last used in combat. We still manufactured and trained with them after that so that we would be ready if we needed them in combat. The same goes for most military tech. Just becasue it is not used in an actual battle does not mean that it is not used.
That looks like an M47 Dragon anti-tank missile canister to me. That weapon system is already obsolete. The canister is empty and probably dropped out of a truck while on its way to disposal facility. It should not be called as a "launcher," since one can't simply refill the canister with fresh new missile and fire it. The fire control unit of M47 system is the launcher.
[citation][nom]waikano[/nom]Um a launcher built in 1996 was last used in 1991?[/citation]
The launcher was built in 1996 and was used to launch Dragon missiles. Dragon missiles were last used in 1991. I'm assuming they continued to manufacture them after 1991 so that they would have them if they needed them.
Wow that is news? I find missle shells, grenade launchers, iGrenades, patriot missle war heads, and all sorts of weird things in my backyard all the time. Heck that big tall fence my neighbors have, when I peak over it, there's alot tanks there too. Well I suppose, like me, living next to an Army Base has its privellages.