US utilizes space-based particle beam against Iraqi forces!


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Nightcrawler
April 2, 2003, 08:39 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=206444

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COHIBA
April 2, 2003, 08:45 PM
bushmaster, right?

Apple a Day
April 2, 2003, 10:38 PM
All Your Desert Are Belong To Us!
:D

Coronach
April 2, 2003, 11:04 PM
MLRS

Mike

Snowdog
April 2, 2003, 11:13 PM
I'm certainly no expert when it comes to military aircraft, but isn't that illumination actually tracer rounds from an AC-130U
(Spooky)?
To the left of the primary illumination seems to be the smoke trails from previously fired (millisecond before, I'm sure) tracer rounds.

Or as Coronach pointed out, it could be a Multiple Launch Rocket System.

ahadams
April 2, 2003, 11:24 PM
never saw an MLRS that looked like that - my vote is somebody found themselves on the wrong end of an AC-130 and probably did NOT live to regret it.

Hand_Rifle_Guy
April 3, 2003, 12:39 AM
"Missiles launched by U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division pound Republican Guard positions in Karbala, in central Iraq, early today. The elite troops are Saddam Hussein's most loyal soldiers."--Caption, Mercury News, April 2, 2003.

Looks much better in color. I would love to see the other end.

Zundfolge
April 3, 2003, 12:42 AM
Or as Coronach pointed out, it could be a Multiple Launch Rocket System.


Or it could just be PhotoShop®


What's the source on the photo?

Hand_Rifle_Guy
April 3, 2003, 12:56 AM
Mercury News lists photo credit as "Takanori Sekine, Kyodo News."

Zundfolge
April 3, 2003, 01:11 AM
I found a source

Members of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division launch missiles at Iraq's Republican Guard outside Karbala. The skirmish quickly grew into what was described as "a knock-down, drag-out battle."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/iraq/134667209_iraq02.html

Coronach
April 3, 2003, 01:12 AM
I said MLRS because it looks like rockets 1 and 2 have already left and we can see their smoke trails drifting to the left. Rocket 3 was launched and the long shutter time, to compensate for the low light, caused it to appear as a streak and not a distinct image. This would also explain the odd 'splash' of light at the source (the MLRS is completely obscured by it).

Thats my pick and I'm sticking with it.

Mike

buzz_knox
April 3, 2003, 08:35 AM
MLRS

Schuey2002
April 3, 2003, 11:41 AM
:cool:

Take that, Saddam!!

hksw
April 3, 2003, 12:08 PM
Time lapsed MLRS.

Fly320s
April 3, 2003, 02:51 PM
3 round burst from the Star Wars laser?

CZ-75
April 3, 2003, 04:50 PM
MLRS, because the Hummer looks too close to the action for the AC-130 to be dropping rounds in on the target.






Oh, and its a depleted uranium tactical nuclear particle beam, thank you. :D

blades67
April 3, 2003, 05:45 PM
I'll bet they never saw it coming.:D

QuarterBoreGunner
April 3, 2003, 07:56 PM
Really big roman candle?

July 4th fireworks early?

chris93473
April 4, 2003, 03:05 PM
i think you been playing too much command and conquer :neener:

Dannyboy
April 4, 2003, 03:50 PM
It probably is MLRS. But the thing that makes me not so sure is the angle of fire and the number of streaks. Those shots look pretty much straight up. If it's MLRS there has to be another launcher in there somewhere. The only rounds that go off with that kind of angle are ATACMs missiles and there are only 2 of those per launcher.

Drjones
April 4, 2003, 06:00 PM
C'mon guys:

You're trying to tell me an AC-130 did that?

An AC-130 that has guns sticking out of its SIDE shot a round VERTICALLY?

:scrutiny:

Pretty darn good pilot, eh?

:scrutiny:

David Park
April 4, 2003, 06:38 PM
Dannyboy, it looks like the rockets are fired straight up in the picture, but I bet they are actually traveling toward or away from the camera. We need a picture of the same scene from another perspective to be sure.

QuarterBoreGunner
April 4, 2003, 06:47 PM
I bet they are actually traveling toward or away from the camera

I thought about this also, but wouldn't the exaust trail be getting wider (closer) or narrower (farther away)?

Dannyboy
April 4, 2003, 07:23 PM
After thinking about it, it really can't be anything other than MLRS. It still doesn't look right, though.

Nightcrawler
April 4, 2003, 07:34 PM
ALL YOUR IRAQ ARE BELONG TO U.S. (http://fod.anitrade.net/html/ayiabtu.html)

Yohan
April 4, 2003, 07:38 PM
Dr.Jones, the pilot obvious did a barrell roll, yes- with a AC130- trust me it can be done, I've done this in video games before :D :neener:

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