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Any Army, ex army on here? Can you tell me why?


Life President
Dec 10, 2006
Just watched a programme on the Afghan war. So they are out on patrol, and have a fire fight with 4 taliban. The kill 3 of the taliban and the other escapes and they can't see him. So they call in the Apache helicopter. They fire one smoke flair to show where the taliban fighter is, and the second one to show where they are. Same plain colour smoke, and the worst thing happens and the Apache fires on the wrong smoke and shoots and injures 9 soldiers. WTF. One ends up paralysed.
Why don't they use coloured flairs? for example, green for the enemy and red for British soldiers. Even if the worst happens, they are in radio contact with the Apache, so if the wrong colour is fired by mistake(Unlikely but possible), they can tell the Apache.
Using coloured flairs would eliminate friendly fire from an Apache.