A Heath-Robinsonian IDF device

Perusing the web site of the IDF's Haruv Recce Unit I came across a device I'd never heard of and which may be of interest to some Arrsers.
Haruv specialised in foiling PLO infiltrations. This involved setting up various types of ambushes on likely terrorist ingress routes.
This device, codenamed "Smammeet" (Gecko) is comprised of two Carl Gustav type SMG's arranged as in the photo below. That would have been easy because in the 6 Day War, the IDF captured considerable quantities of these SMGs, which had been produced under license in Egypt (The Egyptians named the model "Port Said").
So far, I've found no further info on the device.
smamit.jpg
 
Perusing the web site of the IDF's Haruv Recce Unit I came across a device I'd never heard of and which may be of interest to some Arrsers.
Haruv specialised in foiling PLO infiltrations. This involved setting up various types of ambushes on likely terrorist ingress routes.
This device, codenamed "Smammeet" (Gecko) is comprised of two Carl Gustav type SMG's arranged as in the photo below. That would have been easy because in the 6 Day War, the IDF captured considerable quantities of these SMGs, which had been produced under license in Egypt (The Egyptians named the model "Port Said").
So far, I've found no further info on the device.
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a smg claymore then? makes sense for flank protection or cones of fires
 
Is Haruv still active and do they have something a bit more modern?
That device would no doubt have been a pleasant surprise to infiltrating terrorists, welcome to Israel!
 
Is Haruv still active and do they have something a bit more modern?
That device would no doubt have been a pleasant surprise to infiltrating terrorists, welcome to Israel!
It was eventually coopted into Kfir Infantry Brigade in which it is the brigade recce unit.
 
@loofkar - command or victim initiated ?
 
At the risk of seeming a bit picky I would suggest that the device is not Heath Robinson as his devices were characterised by being overly complicated. From what can be seen it would appear to be make shift, but never the less simple and effective. Putting resources to maximum effect.
 

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IIRC there was a single shot victim activated device issued to the Auxiliary Units. The victim trod on it and it fired a round up through their foot etc.

Cheap and effective.
 
IIRC there was a single shot victim activated device issued to the Auxiliary Units. The victim trod on it and it fired a round up through their foot etc.

Cheap and effective.
Works well with 12 bore cartridges. Home made AP mines.
 
@loofkar my first inclination is that it might be remotely controlled as there appears to be an antenna, which might be used to activate a solenoid to move the T bar in front of the triggers.
 
@loofkar my first inclination is that it might be remotely controlled as there appears to be an antenna, which might be used to activate a solenoid to move the T bar in front of the triggers.
I would have thought victim operated would have been the preferred method as otherwise some poor sod has to lurk and wait for hours. Victim operated has the satisfaction that the victims doom has been self inflicted. Nice touch.
 
...Or the donation of two CG SMGs to the terrorist cause if he victim is a little catfoot and has his eyes open..
 
...Or the donation of two CG SMGs to the terrorist cause if he victim is a little catfoot and has his eyes open..
Good luck it looks pretty well attached to a base with big f**k off lumps of concrete!

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Plenty of spares that can be removed, leaving very little behind. Someone who has some time could get in there with some basic tools and liberate the lot, I reckon.

It would make more sense as a kind of reusable command claymore. The kind of thing you can hide in a bush near a watch tower and use to distract attackers while you line up a bit of unpleasantness for them.
 
At the risk of seeming a bit picky I would suggest that the device is not Heath Robinson as his devices were characterised by being overly complicated. From what can be seen it would appear to be make shift, but never the less simple and effective. Putting resources to maximum effect.
And also, a complete lack of knotted string...
 
If you want a real Heath-Robinson weapon then try this for size, a modified twin engine bomber with dozens of SMGs mounted in the bomb bay at an angle of 30deg downwards. Sounds great but in reality it wasn't, loading it must have been a challenge plus the fact that the pilot would have to fly with the wings absolutely level or his curtain of fire would simply go to one side of the intended target.
 
@loofkar
The top of the device is a tray to which the SMG supports are welded. The following is conjecture.
The tray is held in place by two long metal U brackets at each end. Swing those down and the tray can then be lifted off. This implies that the box is either hollow to house a firing mechanism that moves the T bar in front of the triggers ( and possibly house batteries/radio ) or its hollow so that it can be filled with ballast to provide a firm base ( although jamming in rocks does that as in the photo ). Arming is done by checking the T bar is secure and safe by cocking the SMG and seeing if it dry fires. If it doesn't, the mags are added.
 
...Or the donation of two CG SMGs to the terrorist cause if he victim is a little catfoot and has his eyes open..
Pretty sure this is "Command fired" from Overwatch as I dont see any sensors or cameras
 
Could it be victim initiated via a tripwire, in the photo there appears to be a wire coming off either side of it,
wire on the left of photo appears to be electrical, suggesting command initiated,
on the right the wire looks more like cord to me, suggesting something for the potential victim to get snagged on
 

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