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Iranian Rockets a joke?

UPDATE: I retract my previous BS statement, Wile E. Coyote as it is these will work as Karl's video below shows. Check this link to see what they actually fire in the video below. But we can't surrender to a collection of super geniuses can we?

All right, Uncle Jimbo Special Forces Weapons Sergeant checking in with a great big WTF?  These Iranian rockets are an interesting yard display, but what exactly were they supposed to do? I have sent a message asking MNF-I for clarification. Those little things they are set on are not rocket launchers, and if they actually ignited those shells sitting on those stands they would spin around and likely kill the idiot who emplaced or fired them. Those are not rockets, they are some sort of 107 mm shell that would require a tube to aim it. This Rube Goldberg stuff has a very high Wile. E. Coyote element to it. I don't doubt that the stuff came from Iran, but it would be nothing more than a Middle Eastern redneck fireworks display that only harmed the maroons who emplaced it.

Iranian_rockets_2 We can't possibly be considering surrendering to these clowns can we?

UPDATE: From the comments:

We've found a lot of these emplaced near our FOB in the past, just like you see in that picture with the crude launching stand. True, they're not very accurate, but it does work because the rocket itself is spin-stabilized. That's how you can tell if it's a rocket or mortar when you're taking IDF. The rockets kind of "whirrrrrr" when they're coming down while the mortars don't really make much of a sound. I'm no physics geek so I cannot fully explain how the spin thing works, but they get the job done, Inshallah.

Posted by: LT X | July 15, 2007 at 05:46 PM

Uncle J- I would love to see some ambitious EOD tech or whoever, fire one of these and film it, 'cuz I swear I can't see how it would fly.
Ask and ye shall receive from Karl B.

It's tough to see the launcher, but it looks small. I may soon have to retract my previous BS statement. But I maintain the Wile E. Coyote comment, of whom there are links in the comments.