Flamethrowers




 
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March 26th, 2006  
sven hassell
 
 

Topic: Flamethrowers


Just saw this pic of Legion combat engineers training with a flamethrower.
I know the U.S. has not had them in their arsenal for twenty years or so but cant find a source for if this training is current.
Does any army currently have flamethrowers to be deployed? If so who and any links to tech spec.

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2th foreign engineers (French Foreign Legion) training with flame throwers
March 28th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Officially, Flame throwers are banned in the world as the breach the Human Rights. But, I believe that China's PLA is still training with it.
March 28th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 
Incendiaries, such as napalm and flame throwers are not illegal per se or by international treaty, but they are banned used on civilian targets according to the Geneva Convention. Military wise they should not be used to cause unnecessary suffering to individuals. You find more info on the links below.

Source: http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...iary-legal.htm
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...s_prot-iii.htm
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...incendiary.htm
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March 28th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Well, It's all about Geneva Convention!
March 28th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
There are a greater range of weapons that can be used these days than before. WW2 the flame thrower was a great way of taking out a pill box, but these days you can do the same thing with a Lars rocket and at a greater distance.
March 28th, 2006  
major liability
 
 
If there was a way to compress the fuel somehow into a smaller package, I'd say they should make flamethrowers for mounting on M4s - nothing clears a building better.
March 28th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
Afghanistan would be a great place for them. Lots of times we thought "man, I wish I had a flame-thrower." Mostly in the poppy fields, amongst the beautiful leafy marijuana plants and in and around caves. The thing is, I don't know of anyone that would have wanted to hump it in the valley or on the mtn, esp. when we've got bigger, more incendiary means of burning stuff up.

As for the humanity of them, war isn't humane. Making bad guys turn into crispy critters has always had great psychological benefits to it and will continue to.




March 29th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
You guys in Afganistan should use Naplam!
March 29th, 2006  
AussieNick
 
Flame throwers are now a redundant weapon. There are more effective and economic methods to achieve the same effect.
March 29th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Well, I believe that Flame thrower is a very dangerous weapon to the user too. IF the tanks he carries explode, he'll cause a friendly "fire".