Cool Toys from Iraq

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Tough times call for interesting weapon systems.

I was reading an article on the quietness in Iraq after the referendum when I came across a term for a vehicle that I hadn’t heard before. So I of course Googled it. Then came across some more interesting stuff at Gizmag. Check out this selection of toys.

The toughest bus on the planet: How tough are these, and what do you use when you want to transport scum like Saddam Hussein.

Rhino Runner buses are available in a range of seating capacities (17, 24 and 36) and configurations for purposes such as prisoner transport, ambulance, SWAT, command and control, and they can be made to order. Apart from the 360 degree ballistic protection, the vehicles have a side and back door and an emergency exit on the roof and run-flat tyres for when changing a tyre just isn’t a viable option.

On November 27, 2004, a convoy of three Rhino Runner buses were midway to the airport on Route Irish when a suicide bomber driving a BMW sedan, heavily laden with explosives, veered in between the lead Rhino Runner, and the second Runner. From a distance of approximately two meters from the second bus, the terrorist detonated the explosives, estimated to be more than 250 pounds in weight. The huge explosion generated a crater more than 6 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep in the asphalt road, and created a dust cloud 1,000 feet long that took several minutes to dissipate.

There were 17 military and civilian contractor passengers, plus a driver, on the second Rhino Runner bus at the time of the explosion. In the face of what veteran Army officers described as a “massive explosion”, there were no injuries whatsoever.

ASV – Armoured Security Vehicle: This is the vehicle of choice for the new Iraqi Police. Thats on leading the HUMMV’s.

The advanced exceedingly lightweight ceramic armour allows the vehicle to be able to “roll-on/roll-off” C-130 military transport aircraft. ASV’s off-road performance includes the capability to ford water depths of five feet, climb gradients of 60 percent, and overcome obstacles 2 feet high. Unlike many other vehicles, the ASV enables the crew to load, reload and clear gun jams under full armour protection. Special run-flat tires with central tire inflation offer the crew added mobility when under fire. When faced with nuclear, biological and chemical threats, ASV’s gas particulate air filtration system, used in tandem with a ventilated facepiece, offers additional protection.

Vehicle-mounted Acoustic Sniper Detection System:This is seriously not a joke, it is being tested on 50 Humvees in Iraq.

 


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