Just another reason why jumpy lads are going to shoot "Innocents" whilst on Top Cover. We had several bottles and molatovs thrown out our Wagons on Telic. Not to mention stones etc. However nothing like this ever came of it.
However seeing them things getting launched at the Septics makes me think that ducking down might not be the best course of action ref this type of incident. So more and more lads are going to end up shooting Teenagers who were stupid enough to throw something at passing troops.
Well ok Cheap its not a cruise missile granted. Drag parachute to land nose down to ensure maximum contact. Quite clever and not exactly a molotov cocktail job. You think they are being made in people's front rooms then?
Looking at that piece of motorised scaffolding I have to say that it would probably be safer... Less flat surfaces to get a good initiation off...
The US article says there's no defence against it, there is of course (i) decent top cover (ii) foot patrols supporting armour not just armour (iii) vehicles moving together providing decent all-round-protection and my personal favourite (iv) get the contractors to do it.
Nothing new under the sun. Thought this looked familiar. a little digging and:
Because of the problems to stabilize the dedicated anti-tank grenades for flight - the shaped charge needed to be pointed straight at the armor to work efficiently - the Panzerwurfmine ("tank throw mine") or PWM (L) (L for "lang" = "long") was developed by the Luftwaffe weapon's bureau (the Luftwaffe also contained ground forces in the form of it's field units and the paratroopers).
The weapon weighed 1.36kg, had a length of 53.3cm and used a stabilizing assembly of four fins made of canvas at it's rear. It was introduced into service in May of 1943 but proved rather impractical. Still, 203,800 were produced in 1943.
It's successor model was the Panzerwurfmine Kz (Kz = kurz ("short")) that weighed only 1 kg. Flight stabilization now was achieved by a long canvas strip that rolled out when the weapon was thrown and extended from it's rear. The warhead had a diameter of 11.4 cm and carried a shaped charge of 500g that had an armor penetration of 150mm.
Yes, nothing new about them, we dealt with a lot of these type of grenades over the years, known also as the M79 in Bosnia, nasty things! one of our lads was very sadly killed by one during an Op Harvest...
I suppose you could fit a couple of claymores to the side of your vehicle as a kind of ´reactive armour´,wouldn´t affect your survival rates but you´d sieve the bombers,see how many are still chucking them when all their mates are being scraped off the floor