02 Aug '11, 2am

SAF halts firing of 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers following soldier's injury from premature explosion

SAF halts firing of 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers following soldier's injury from premature explosion

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has suspended the firing of all its 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL) after a live grenade round exploded prematurely inside the weapon on Sunday, hurting a soldier. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI THE Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has suspended the firing of all its 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL) after a live grenade round exploded prematurely inside the weapon on Sunday, hurting a soldier. Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Defence Ministry said on Monday night that Specialist Cadet (SCT) Percy Toh Cheng Kai, a full-time national serviceman (NSF), was firing the AGL that was mounted on a Bionix I Infantry Fighting Vehicle when the 40mm round's propellant - which helps create thrust and is often found at the base of the round - exploded prematurely in the weapon. Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits ...

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