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Software bug may cause Patriot missile errors

U.S. Central Command said that the U.S. military is investigating the possibility that a software problem in the Patriot Missile defense system may be responsible for targeting two friendly aircraft, but that other scenarios could just as likely be responsible for the mishaps. They’re looking into a software problem. They’re going to check everything out. When they do find a fault, they’ll put it out to the rest of the world,” said Navy Lt. Commander Charles Owens. On Sunday, a Patriot Missile battery on the Kuwait border accidentally shot down a British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR-4 aircraft that was returning from a mission over Iraq. Two British pilots were killed in the incident. Then on Monday a U.S. F-16 fighter jet fired at and destroyed a Patriot battery’s radar dish after the pilot said the Patriot had ‘locked on’ to the plane. Full Story

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