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14:11 Jun 24, 2005
Arabic to English translations [PRO] Military / Defense
Explanation: In a military (ground combat) context, that term more closely equates to "anti-personnel rockets."
Once they are fired from vehicle-mounted or towed launchers toward a target area, those tactical projectiles travel as "free rockets" to the designated impact area.
The rockets manufactured and fired in mass volumes (i.e., Russian Katyushas and their successor systems) usually do not have an internal terminal guidance system (a guidance system would make them technically "missiles").
HTH. Khair, in sha' Allah.
Stephen H. Franke
(Camp Pendleton, CA this week and next to train and advise some Marine units returning to Iraq)