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Missiles fired into Kuwait March April 2003

#1
Can anybody tell me exactly how many Iraqi missiles were fired into Kuwait during the period mentioned above, both ones that were intercepted and those ( if any ) that hit the ground?
 
#3
I'm sure some Silkworms came over as well, vicious rumour had it that they were missed completely and would have made quite a mess had they been working. I'm sure one hit a Kuwaiti shopping mall.
 
#4
yeoman said:
I know of 2 scuds that came down in our area, pre move north.
Just wondering, how many of reported msls were Scuds (ballistic trajectory)? ISTR at least one msl attack was assessed later as anti-shipping msl aimed at ground tgt in Kuwait

PS one_of_the_strange has just answered my question
 
#5
Gents,
There were no SCUDS launched during TELIC. The missiles lobbed into Kuwait were mostly Silkworm anti-ship missiles. However, they also fired a few FROG SSMs (these missiles and their associated TELs look like the SCUD but are much smaller) during the conflict and I think at least one went into Kuwait.
Regards,
M2
 
#6
Me and my oppo stood and watched one of the anti shipping missiles fly past us along the Shatt Al Basrah early one morning. The conversation went something like....

Oppo: "That helicopter's a bit low."
Me: "That's not a helicopter, it's a missile!"
Oppo: "Wow, " as missile flys past at about 30ft, "I've never seen a cruise missile before."
Me: "Cruise missile? I don't think so. That one's going south. Our cruise missiles should be heading north!"

I can laugh about it now :roll:
 
#7
likewise stood and watched something flying overhead. Coo look a cruise missile heading South, and quite low. Decided to move position into Iraq after that one as it was felt to be safer there.
 
#8
Sorry my missle ID is not up to telling the difference between a Frog and a Scud while doing whacky racers across the desert in full IPE.

It was a) Big
b) Moving quickly
c) coming down some where near us
d) posibly full of VX
 
#9
Re: Silkworms

One banged in near to the front gate of Camp Commando. I know a QM(T) who was very very near. Didn't want his pants later. Yanks went crackers.

Later on one did fly via the PWHO towards Kuwait City. I think it s[palshed down near a Market or something.
 
#11
I RECOVERED ONE OF THE LAUNCHERS FOR THE SILK WORMS FROM THE REAR OF THE HOSPITAL NEAR CHEROKEE IT HAD BEEN HIDDEN UNDER A OPEN SIDED BUILDING WITH A DAF TRACTOR UNIT HAD GREAT FUN RIPPING A WALL DOWN ON SKY TV TRYING TO EXTRACT IT WITH A WARRIOR AND TOW IT TO THE HOTEL, WITH NO BRAKES AND NO POWER STEERING :D
 
#12
Had to report a missile flying South one night. All hell broke loose when the AD chaps said they hadn't picked it up on radar. I found out what it was, but for security's sake I prefer not to name the thing.
 
#13
sleeper said:
I RECOVERED ONE OF THE LAUNCHERS FOR THE SILK WORMS FROM THE REAR OF THE HOSPITAL NEAR CHEROKEE IT HAD BEEN HIDDEN UNDER A OPEN SIDED BUILDING WITH A DAF TRACTOR UNIT HAD GREAT FUN RIPPING A WALL DOWN ON SKY TV TRYING TO EXTRACT IT WITH A WARRIOR AND TOW IT TO THE HOTEL, WITH NO BRAKES AND NO POWER STEERING :D
I know youre excited about it but STOP SHOUTING!!
 
#15
As the only man in Hospital suffering from severe constipation, whilst all around me were suffering from D&V, you could be right. Then again it could have been something else. Whatever it was it caused great joy to many listening on the Div Net as the important people took charge of the situation (or should that be panicked).
 
#16
YANTOFULPELT said:
Re: Silkworms

One banged in near to the front gate of Camp Commando. I know a QM(T) who was very very near. Didn't want his pants later. Yanks went crackers.

Later on one did fly via the PWHO towards Kuwait City. I think it s[palshed down near a Market or something.
I don't think they were Silkworms they could have been Harith cruise missiles or another type of anti shipping missile that was used in Doodlebug mode (put just enough fuel in it for a given distance and point in the right direction). Certainly 3 flew over the top of HQ 1 (UK) Armd Div, 2 of which exploded in Camp Commando the other hitting Kuwait city.

Quite funny now but the immediate reaction was to complain that they were flying at less then 800 ft and would have been a danger to the Pumas and Chinooks.
 

chimera

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#17
I think that the missiles that were fired on D and D+1 were Seersuckers not Silkworms. They had stopped by about 48 the end of D+1.

As stated above no Scuds were fired, although there were some launches out of Basrah of shorter range free flight missiles such as ABABIL and AL SAMOUD.

In all I think about 15 missiles were fired in all, of which Patriots hit 9 or 10.

Most seemed to be aimed at Camp Commando, but apart from the one mentioned above, the fact that one or two landed near coalition was more to do witht he fact that there were so many US and UK units lined up in the desert that they couldn't really miss.
 
#18
They all look the same though .... the Silkworm was a cheap knockoff of the Styx/Sepal and the Seersucker a cheap knockoff of the Silkworm, or something like that. And I'm sure the Iraqi's tinkered with theirs as well.

They're 1950's designed pieces of crap that fly along fat dumb and happy with signatures as big as a big thing that's been on a supersize diet at many and varied fast food joints ... and it still got missed more times than not. If I was Iranian I think I know what I'd be firing at US troops if the balloon goes up.
 
#19
I was in Camp Commando when that happened and our NBC guy had to check the Impact area for NBC threats. All three were HY-2 Haiying/Silkworms/seersuckers all 3 are different names for the same missile, and all 3 were headed to Kuwait city....One impacted a shopping mall the other the pier both in Kuwait City and the other one malfunctioned and hit right outside camp commando....all were meant to hit Kuwait City. It almost sounded like it was running out of gas and was spurting and on impact only the primary explosion went off not the secondary and more powerful explosion. The missiles were sold to Iraq by the Chinese the 60's

They did fire SCUDS but the Patriot Missile system took them out. If it were a SCUD that impacted about half of that Camp would be dead. The reason the Patriot Missisle System did not take out the Seersuckers is because the Seersuckers fly to low to be picked up by the Patriot missles detection system.
 
#20
I think that the missiles that were fired on D and D+1 were Seersuckers not Silkworms. They had stopped by about 48 the end of D+1.

As stated above no Scuds were fired, although there were some launches out of Basrah of shorter range free flight missiles such as ABABIL and AL SAMOUD.

In all I think about 15 missiles were fired in all, of which Patriots hit 9 or 10.

Most seemed to be aimed at Camp Commando, but apart from the one mentioned above, the fact that one or two landed near coalition was more to do witht he fact that there were so many US and UK units lined up in the desert that they couldn't really miss.

You are dead on the money regarding the missile types -- Seersuckers, Ababils and Al Samoud. The numbers were more than 15 though - I recall about 25-30. I was sitting in a tin shack with a USAF M/Sgt called Marvin who had the direct line to Cheyanne Mountain at the time. The technology was amazing. As soon as the missile was fired, Marvin got the exact co-ords of the launch site and the probable target. We then spent an uncomfortable few minutes until the Patriots shot them down. Unfortunately, they also shot down a Tornado GR4. RIP Kevin Main and David Williams.
 

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