Harrier Pilot steered bomb away from houses.

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Pilot steered bomb away from houses.


The laser-guided Paveway IV bomb was dropped from a Harrier jump jet to kill an insurgent commander in a car in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

But while it was in mid-flight, the militant stopped his vehicle next to a number of Afghan civilians.

The previously classified footage, shot from the Harrier, shows the pilot changing the bomb's course so it detonates in a safe area of desert.
None of the Afghan civilians was killed and there was no damage to their property, the RAF said.

The pilot of the Harrier, who asked not to be named, said: "One task for fast jet pilots in Afghanistan is to conduct targeted strike operations against confirmed Taliban commanders.

"In this instance I found and tracked the target and had deployed my weapon. However, as it was flying to the target I saw the vehicle stop amongst civilians.

"Every pilot dreads the prospect of inadvertently causing harm to any innocent civilian, so I knew I had to act immediately.

"The Paveway IV smart bomb is amazingly accurate and incredibly flexible. I can control it whilst it is still in flight, so I used my on-board laser to guide the bomb into a safe area of open desert.

"It's a shame I couldn't prosecute the target as we had planned, but it was much better to let him go free this time than risk killing innocent civilians."

Pilot steered bomb away from houses - Yahoo! News UK
 

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VIDEO: RAF pilot spares Taliban commander to save civilians

This footage, taken from an RAF Harrier targetting pod, shows a bomb dropped from the aircraft heading for a Taliban commander in a vehicle. Just seconds from impact, the vehicle stops next to a civilian compound. If the bomb had hit its target, several innocent Afghans would have been killed – but the quick-thinking RAF officer is seen to move the bomb into a safe area of desert where it detonates.

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Ministry of Defence | Video | VIDEO: RAF pilot spares Taliban commander to save civilians
 

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this type of things are seen in IAF against Hizbulah war.[Israel]
 

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Israel never cared about saving Lebanese civilians. They used cluster munitions in urban areas.
 

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