Saturday, July 30, 2005

Gratutious Afghanistan Photo of the Weekend (45)

"Why yes, I am grinning because I have done this before..." [preparing a 107 mm rocket for firing].

5 Comments:

Blogger doug said...

Is this an actual technique for launching one of these things?

I realise that necessity is the father of invention, but where does the damned thing head off when fired? Is being accurate within the nearest city considered close enough?

5:38 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

Yup. The stuff sticking out the end are the solid fuel "sticks" from an RPG round. They stuff a few up the exhaust holes, lay them in a trail, light fuse, run.
Bagram was a big base...they landed about 48 on us while I was there. Causalties were light and property damage was a bit more extensive. Many didn't make it. They also would prop them up on rocks, or use small bipods. They have alot of experience back to the war with the Soviets, so you'd be surprised at some the ways they shoot 'em (wired to alarm clocks, water drip timers, etc.)

7:25 PM  
Blogger CSMBones said...

Col. Kuwani and his love boy had me light the thing because his fingers were covered in kebab juice.

I love Kebeb....I love Kebab

8:44 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

I'll have to post the one of the good CSM lighting the fuse...

9:54 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

I've been on the recieving end of quite a few of these very launch techniques and they aren't even very scary

When we first got to Salerno all we did was stand near a Hesco wall when they came in. That was all we could do until we put in the bunkers, but it didnt' seem so bad.

What was scary was when they fired the big 120mm rockets (this one is a 107mm I believe) at us and had an FO directing the shots.

4:30 PM  

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