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also flé·chette  (flā-shĕt′, flĕ-)
A steel missile or dart dropped from an aircraft or fired from an artillery piece.

[French, diminutive of flèche, arrow; see flèche.]


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a steel dart or missile dropped from an aircraft, as in World War I
[from French; see flèche]



a small dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells.
[1910–15; < French]
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Flechette ammunition indicated a high lethality at all ranges, with several one-shot kills at engagement ranges to 100 yards.
Sources sought:crv-7 rockets with general purpose flechette warhead
It covers some of the most exotic cartridge types ever conceived, including SPIW, SAW, FABRL, SALVO, SCAMP, Tombstone, Squeeze Bore, Taper Bore, Flechette, Simplex, Duplex, Triplex, Multiplex, Folded, Tround, Caseless, Expellable, QSPR, Rocket Propelled, Underwater and, my favorite, the Alpha series silent cartridges that propelled a bullet via a captive piston system.
firing at protestors' knees, femurs, or aiming for their vital organs' (Blumenthal 2014a), As a continuity and intensification of the practice of breaking the arms of stone-throwers in the first Intifada, shoot to cripple attempts to preemptively debilitate the resistant capacities of another Intifada, the next Intifada, In Gaza, the Israeli Defense Forces used flechette shells, While these are not 'expressly forbidden under international humanitarian law in all circumstances', nevertheless they are considered inappropriate for densely populated areas as they explode upon impact into thousands of tiny steel darts (Sherwood 2014; Withnall 2014).
Installed on a 4x4 utility vehicle, the launcher hosts 34 rockets, these being available in three different types: HE, with a 1 kg warhead and point detonation fuse, multipurpose submunition, with nine submunitions and electronic time delay fuse, and flechette, containing 1,200 3.
Il est interessant de faire ici le lien avec ces nouveaux types de chasse, appeles green hunting, qui consistent a tirer un animal avec une flechette tranquillisante le temps de prendre une photo-trophee, avant de le reanimer, justement, a l'aide d'un antidote.
But worse than dense inert metal explosive, white phosphorous, and flechette darts?
For example, California bans an extensive list of weapons and ammunition including: cane guns, wallet guns, undetectable firearms or firearms not immediately recognizable as a firearm, any ammunition which contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or carrying an explosive agent, ballistic knives, nunchaku, short-barreled shotguns or rifles, metal, wood, or hard plastic composite knuckles, belt buckle knives, leaded canes, zip guns, shuriken, lipstick case knives, cane swords, shobi-zue, writing pen knives, and weapons colloquially known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag.
Three Palestinian people were killed and several others were injured after an Israeli tank fired a Flechette shell at a group of Palestinians in the Beit Hanoun town in the north of the coastal enclave on Thursday.
Deadly metal rain; the legality of flechette weapons in international law; a reappraisal following Israel's use of flechettes in the Gaza Strip (2001-2009).
These include the "direct" and "intentional" shelling of Al-Quds Hospital with white phosphorous shells and the "intense artillery attacks", including the use of white phosphorous shells, on Al-Wafa Hospital and a flechette bomb attack on a crowd of family and neighbours in a tent set up to receive condolences.
According to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, some of the shells fired in this incident were flechette shells, which explode in midair and release thousands of metal darts in a conical arch up to three hundred meters long and about ninety meters wide, it explained