What do you know, this gun really did kill, no human required
Out-of-control gun to blame for 9 soldiers' death in SAfrica: army
Sat Oct 13, 6:30 AM ET
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - An out-of-control anti-aircraft gun which malfunctioned before a military training exercise was to blame for the death of nine South African soldiers, an army spokesman said Saturday.
The nine were shot and killed and 15 others were injured on Friday during an annual military exercise at Lohatla Army Battle School in the Northern Cape province, in one of South Africa's worst military accidents in years.
South African National Defence Force spokesman Brigadier-General Kwena Mangope said something mechanical appeared to have gone awry with the computerised 35mm MK5 anti-aircraft twin barreled gun.
"It was a mechanical hitch that caused the accident, we believe," he said adding that the gun had "opened fire uncontrollably, killing and injuring the soldiers."
The accident took place during a live-fire exercise as part of Exercise Seboka, an annual joint military exercise involving around 5,000 servicemen and women from the army, airforce and navy.
One of the deceased soldiers was a woman, as were five of those injured.
Mangope said the names of the people killed being released to their families, and it would later be determine when they would be buried
Twin 35mm computer controlled guns...
Various nations use these twin barrel 35mm antiaircraft guns these days. They are heavy and mounted on ships or tanks, and their fire is directed by radar and a computer. The Oerlikon guns from Germany are the classics of the type. Here they are mounted on a tank: