mortar.jpgBETTER PROTECTION. Army chief Lieutenant General Romeo Tolentino shows a prototype of a plastic canister that will replace the cardboard casings of mortar rounds. Tolentino said the plastic casing would shield the ammunition from damage due to exposure to the elements, among the reasons eyed for why Marine mortars ‘misfired’ during an encounter in Basilan last week that left 14 Marines dead, 10 of them beheaded and mutilated.


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