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Old 07-26-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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THE secret weapon designed to cut the toll of deadly roadside bombs in Afghanistan can be revealed today.

And Scots squaddies have helped develop the missile system - nicknamed the Python - that will save lives on the front line.

A base built by the Royal Regiment of Scotland in the Afghan badlands has been the testing ground for the weapon that destroys roadside bombs and booby-traps.

Soldiers from the Black Watch, 3 Scots, fought off the Taliban to build Forward Operating Base Wahid in some of the conflict's fiercest ghting.
Engineers have used the site to successfully test the rocket system which fires a snake-like coil of explosives across a mined area.

It then detonates, taking out the Taliban's improvised explosive devices - IEDs - that have killed scores of troops and civilians.

The Python has been used for the 1st time north of Fob Wahid to clear a river bed littered with IEDs.

The weapon is mounted on a trailer pulled behind a Trojan armoured engineer tank.

Once the explosive-packed hose is fired and lands on the ground, it is detonated and the shockwaves set off other explosive devices, clearing a large corridor for personnel, tanks and armoured vehicles.

Staff Sergeant Mark Eastley, of 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "It takes your breath away. You feel the vehicle rock and you are in awe of what has just happened.

"You see the ash, hear the bang and then feel the shockwave."
Russell Judge, of the MoD's defence equipment and support branch, said:

"This is not an aggressive weapon but one that is designed to save lives by creating safe passages for troops to move through.

"It is being used for the first time in theatre with great results."

The Python has three main parts - the charge hose assembly, the rocket motor and the safety arming and ring unit.

The device evolved from the Giant Viper Anti-Tank Mine Clearance System which was developed for the British Army in the early 1950s and saw active service as recently as the 1991 Gulf War.

Around 70 per cent of all UK casualties are caused by IEDs and Army top brass hope the spectacular weapon will save the lives of hundreds of British soldiers.

Former 3 Scots commander Lt Col Stephen Cartwright said the Royal Regiment of Scotland were instrumental in developing new ways to beat the Taliban.

He said: "The infantry are constantly contributing to force development and helping improve ways to deal with IEDs.

"Their work continually helps develop equipment.

"Fob Wahid was originally a derelict building which was taken on the first day of Operation Panchai Palang and has been built up since then.

"It was named after an Afghan soldier who was killed by an IED about 800 metres from the compound.

"The vast majority of British, American and Afghan soldiers are still killed by IEDs.

"In a bazaar alone, near Fob Wahid, we found a total of 15 IEDs.

"1 Scots are out there now and they will be developing better processes to deal with IEDs and stay a step ahead of the insurgents.

"Every battalion has taken IED casualties.

"So it is vital our infantry carries on the good work and continues to support the development of new equipment."
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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I wanna see it in action !!!!

Find a viddddddddd
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:46 PM   #4
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This is quite old tech, I first saw it on Future Weapons, it's just a development of the Bangalore system.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:48 PM   #5
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That's pretty cool stuff. No more sitting behind a big Q at the traffic lights....in fact, pop it off and no more traffic lights at all.
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