MoD admits use of controversial enhanced blast weapons

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  1. MoD admits use of controversial 'enhanced blast' weapons in Afghanistan

    Richard Norton-Taylor, Thursday 28 May 2009 19.33 BST
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    British pilots in Afghanistan are firing an increasing number of "enhanced blast" thermobaric weapons, designed to kill everyone in buildings they strike, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

    Since the start of this year more than 20 of the US-designed missiles, which have what is officially described as a "blast fragmentation warhead", have been fired by pilots of British Apache attack helicopters. A total of 20 were also fired last year after they were bought by the MoD
    from the Americans last May.

    The missiles are a variant of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile, described by the Pentagon as "designed to produce higher sustained blast pressure in multi-room structures.

    It adds: "The enhanced blast from the … warhead is more effective against non-traditional targets; multi-room structures expected in military operations in urban terrain operations, caves, and fortified bunker
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  2. Must be better than a blast from a tridant ungratefull gits.
  3. Grandslam anyone?

    What's controversial about a bigger bomb? I thought this was a war?
  4. maninblack

    maninblack LE Book Reviewer

    So fcuking what........typical Grauniad bleeding heart cr@p.

    If the NUT/Socialist Worker's Party/Grauniad don't like it then they can go out there with a broadsword and shield and try and do it the traditional way.

    Fcuking panty waisted tarts.
  5. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Good, hope it works as well as expected.
    Was there something else? :?
  6. i hear this missle crushes muscles and organs and rip them to shreds then burn you at the same time. Nasty weapon hate for it to be used on me.I think there was a paper where Bush was glorifying it. And human right (hippies) got pissed about its inhuman. I would tell them **** themselves. Your peace and love marijuana cnut friends aren't getting killed or seriously injured day in day out.
  7. A religious nut once told me that was what would happen in hell if I didnt find god. He was a cnut.
  8. I can't fathom the thinking behind this story. I wish people who have never served would stay out of operational matters.
  9. Good one Carl lol.
  10. Jebus, what are these bleeding heart liberals like?!

    So we've started getting the new shells out... heard some of them being tested on the Plains a couple of years back.

    Sage Nods round our gaff after the fcukin windows nearly caved in ;)
  11. What on earth is wrong with thermobaric warheads, as long as they're used on legit targets (like any other wpn system)?

    I wish people would realise its not what weapon is used but what its used against that is surely the important point. TBH I don't see why WP is disallowed as an incendiary - I know its bad stuff but surely it is just a tool in the toolbox, and we'd be better to have that option and not need it than need it and not have it. Same with this weapon - would they rather we not use it so that some poor sod has to go into an en-held building and run those risks? Would they be so quick to condemn if it were them, or their offspring, who was in that section having to clear rooms and ratruns?

    Now we may choose not to use them in some cases because it may not be required and it might cause bad PR or whatever, but I think that operational commanders should have the ability to pick from the widest selection of options, because who knows when it might be needed - intelligent use, not a ban. Things like chem and biological agents and other 'WMD' being legislated against I agree with, but if we go down the route of banning incendiaries, WP, cluster bombs, all sorts of mines, riot control agents, etc etc, well where does it end - will we be back to fielding pikemen and halberdiers soon?
  12. We are know broaching the realms of the ridiculous, where the use of any weapon that seems to be remotely effective is portrayed in the media as almost a war crime. Surely the whole point of expensive weapons systems is to kill as many enemy as possible??? Be it by fire, overpressure, underpressure or whatever if it keeps our guys safe and negates them what the hell is the problem ??
  13. Exactly but then you have some media mongs jumping on the bandwagen and yelling things like WP is a chem weapon - god knows it may have a chem agent effect, I'm no chemist - but I'm pretty sure the burning will get them first.

    Tell ya what, why don't we ban those nasty armoured vehs and body armour we have, thats hardly fair - and have it out stripped to the waist, man to man, Queensbury rules styley :roll: The enemy don't even abide by LOAC, so why are we going umpteen times over and beyond that and letting an uninformed media hamstring the operating forces?
  14. I think nepalm should be brought back too.