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Grenade launcher fired inside soldiers' barracks

TT/Clara Guibourg · 19 Nov 2011, 13:56

Published: 19 Nov 2011 13:56 GMT+01:00

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Among the significant flaw found at the Swedish army's armoured regiment P4, in Skövde in southern Sweden, soldiers were also found to have accidentally fired on their own vehicles with live ammo, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

Last winter, a grenade launcher was also fired inside the soldiers' own barracks.

"They were inside their dormitory getting ready for an exercise. Two group members who aren't educated to use the grenade launcher were interested in trying it. They wanted to learn more," said captain Mikael Millberg, who investigated the misfire, to SR.

The soldiers' curiosity led to the launcher going off indoors, causing a hefty bang.

But this isn't the only report of accidents occurring at P4 recently.

The same regement recently saw a soldier taken to hospital with concussion after getting hit in the head by a grenade shell, as well as a company accidentally firing on their own cars with live ammunition.

A newly introduced administrative system, Prio, is cited as the main reason behind major faults and accidents, according to SR.

Prio has been criticised for forcing platoon commanders to prioritise administrative tasks over leading their soldiers.

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"Commanders become too tied to their desks and computers, to work with Prio. It takes up a lot of time if you're responsible for 30 individuals, which you are as a platoon commander," said Mikael Millberg to SR.

"The army has to free up the commanders, because it's incredibly important that they're with their soldiers, influencing them."

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:58 November 19, 2011 by notpresto
Guns don't kill people, stupid people with guns kill people!
22:58 November 19, 2011 by NJGirl
02:37 November 20, 2011 by jostein
I find it highly unlikely they fired a Carl Gustav M3 indoors and noone getting injured. Most likely ignorant journalists getting it mixed up..
03:15 November 20, 2011 by Scott McCoy
Swedes are too stupid to be left alone with a gun of any kind.
07:59 November 21, 2011 by skogsbo
I suspect that the launcher may have just had smoke and not HE in the grenades due to going on exercise or as target indicators, otherwise there would have been more than just a loud bang!

It's a good job no other nations military have accidents, or are they just not daft enough to go public about them!?
04:16 November 22, 2011 by waffen
One thing is certain:, you will not find the French Foreign Legion having similar "accidents."

Either you are going to have a professional soldiering environment, or you are not. What this particular Company is, is as far from a professional military environment as a real military can possibly be. They are a group of unled people wearing uniforms, and are not anywhere near what is a real military.

Soldiers they are not.
00:48 November 29, 2011 by mcarroll1
Young inexperienced soldiers untrained on the weapon systems in their hands, in the barrack room with live ammunition and grenades is just wrong. It speaks of lack of supervision and care by superiors. Better to spend some time on procedures and admin for wepons and ammunition control rather than Prio admin. Nobody died from failing to fill in Prio but you would not believe that if you worked in the military in Sweden. This is not the soldiers fault but the superiors.
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