Norwegian F-16 control tower strafe

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Unread post25 Apr 2016, 16:11

Norwegian defense officials are investigating how one of their fighter jets fired on a control tower during exercises over an island off the country's west coast this month, something that's not unprecedented.
Norwegian Royal Air Force F-16s were practicing attacks on simulated targets on Tarva island early April 13 when cannon fire from the fighter jets tore into a control tower, almost striking three people inside, Maj. Stian Roen told CNN.

None of the three, who were described as "controlling the targets," were injured. "We are thankful for that," Roen said.
F-16s are armed with a six-barrel, 20 mm Gatling gun, capable of firing 6,000 rounds per minute.
Norwegian officials did not say how many rounds hit the tower. They said the rounds were "cold bullets" used only for training and had no explosives in them.
Roen said a commission of six people headed by an F-16 pilot has been appointed to investigate.
If precedent is any guide, that probe may take a long time. A similar incident from 2009 -- an F-16 firing on and hitting the same tower -- is still under investigation, Roen said.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/europe/norway-fighter-jets-fire-on-control-tower/index.html


Oops! I'm surprised they haven't moved the control tower as it has been hit twice now...
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Unread post26 Apr 2016, 22:43

durahawk wrote:Is that target multi-directional? It seems pretty simple to just restrict strafing from easterly headings.


That puts the largest population in the area behind the aircraft. If round ricochet and fly further then intended they go into the ocean. I would suggest painting the tower bright high vis orange/red and white like coast guard aircraft.
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Unread post29 Apr 2016, 19:08

Would have loved to have heard the radio transmissions between the tower and jet after this one! :bang:
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Unread post22 Sep 2017, 06:26

https://www.thelocal.no/20170920/norweg ... ise-report

Norwegian F-16 almost shot three people during exercise: report

2017/09/20

A report has been released following an investigation into an incident during a Norwegian Air Force exercise in which three people were almost hit by gunfire from an F-16 fighter aircraft.

Three people were a hair’s breadth from being hit by gunfire from an F-16 jet during an exercise at the Norwegian Air Force firing range over the Tarva archipelago.

The incident, which occurred in April 2016, is detailed in a report now released by The Royal Norwegian Air Force, reports local media Fosna-Folket and news agency NTB.

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