Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Peek at Army Equipment

The army rolled out its trophy hardware for the bicentennial parade Sept. 19, including the recently added Leopard II tanks, Marder infantry fighting vehicles and M-109 self-propelled guns. It was the first time that the annual armed forces parade exhibits armor since Gen. Augusto Pinochet's final parade. More interesting are the pictures of the army's small arms (which get little attention in the press) that are showing up on Chilean bulletin boards. One board shows the Mini-Hecate .338, a sniper rifle made in France, the AT-4 shoulder fired antitank weapon and the M-4 Panther carbine. The Mini-Hecate (at right), also known as the PGM .338, has a range of 1,400 meters. It is a bolt-action rifle, as most sniper rifles are.

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