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Syrian Home Made Tank

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
#1
This will not end well - Syrian rebels have constructed a home made tank.

Syrian rebels battle Assad using home-made tank equipped with PS3 controller | The Sun |News

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RESOURCEFUL Syrian rebels are preparing to battle tyrant Bashar Asad using a home-made tank - with a machine gun that can be fired using a PS3-style controller.

Based around a car's chassis, the armoured vehicle is around four metres long and two metres wide, and is said to have taken a month to put together.

Built by the Al-Ansar rebel brigade in the Aleppo region of northwest Syria, the vehicle has a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted on it.

And a gunner seated inside can activate the weapon using a control pad similar to that of the Sony gaming console, while watching the action using a camera.

Four other cameras fitted around the tank allow a driver to steer from inside the safety of the the inch-thick armour, which is said to be able to withstand 23-mm cannon fire.

Designer Mahmud Abud said: “This is my brother, a trained engineer, who got the idea.
I'm not sure this will qualify for a Darwin Award - maybe we should instigate the Charge of the Light Brigade award for the most militarily suicidal idea.

Wordsmith
 
#2
Assad must have locked the rebels up in a barn filled with steel plate, welding gear and an easily-repaired pickup. It only remains to be seen whether they've fashioned a gas nailer into a GPMG.
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
Book Reviewer
#5
Anybody catch the RT report this morning from a journo with Gvt forces in Homs? Showing off a small trebuchet for lobbing nail bombs? Big long spring with what looked like the scoop from some potato scales bolted on the end. Cant find a link or pic but I did find this gem...

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#6
Reminiscent of some of the ad hoc armoured cars put together by the Home Guard, circa 1940; it does look slightly more warry than the HiLux technicals seen in other sunny climes.
 
#7
Crazy fools!

Don't they know the best way to procure an AFV is to spend 4 years on OA, requirements definition, and total fleet systems trades, before issuing an Expression of Interest in the European Journal allowing vendors the opportunity to bid for a 2-years technology demonstration phase?
 
#8
Not convinced that its really 1" armour, looks more like 1/4", might stop the odd 9mm, but suspect it might have a bit of an issue when someone actually fires a 23mm cannon at it!!
 
#13
Even if it is proof against 23mm (which seems doubtful at best) it's going to struggle against 100mm or 125mm, which the Syrians aren't exactly short of!
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
Even if it is proof against 23mm (which seems doubtful at best) it's going to struggle against 100mm or 125mm, which the Syrians aren't exactly short of!
Depends how smart they were. If they took the time to case harden the steel in a primitive furnace it might have better anti-penetration capabilities. And I don't know if it was intentional but they've got sloping armour front and rear which will help as well.

If they were even smarter, they would have operated it from a 20 foot long lead using cameras from behind a corner. Then the Syrian army could shoot it to shit without killing the occupants.

Wordsmith
 
#16
Well, it's more heavily armoured and feature rich than anything our TA units have, so perhaps we shouldn't be laughing too much.

Remote firing GPMG - show me a TA RAC unit that has anything like that in the hanger.
 
#17
Depends how smart they were. If they took the time to case harden the steel in a primitive furnace it might have better anti-penetration capabilities. And I don't know if it was intentional but they've got sloping armour front and rear which will help as well.
Hang on, are you seriously suggesting that this device might protect the occupants from 125mm APFSDS?
 
#18
Armoured Motorcycle.jpg

I believe the War Dept did some development work on this little home grown beauty during WW2 ... cracking little machine with I suppose potential use by modern day Pizza Delivery companies .
 

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