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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.]
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(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a steel dart or missile dropped from an aircraft, as in World War I
[from French; see flèche]
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a small dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells.
[1910–15; < French]
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* 30 rounds of Sabot Designs LLC Flechette ammo, each round having seven flechettes weighing eight grains each, for a total of 56 grains.
Ainsi, les armes, qu'elles soient longues (baton, lance, hallebarde ...), courtes (sabre, epee, dague ...), souples (tribaton, chaine a neuf sections, eventail, nunchaku ...) ou de jet (flechette, etoile ...) seront enseignees au disciple qui aura acquis un bon controle de son corps dans les performances a mains nues.
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.
CPT Shugart ordered the firing of 105mm flechette rounds, commonly known as beehive rounds, directly into the advancing enemy.
--2014, 'Israel using flechette shells in Gaza', The Guardian, 20 July, viewed 1 February, 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/iul/20/israel-using-flechette shells-in-gaza
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 3.9 grams projectiles and also with an electronic time delay fuse.
But worse than dense inert metal explosive, white phosphorous, and flechette darts?
tungsten-rod ("flechette") warhead, which would be designed to
(179.) 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.