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Weapons: Bouncing Death From China
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August 20, 2008: Chinese made Airburst anti-personnel RPG rockets have been discovered in Afghanistan, after first being encountered in Iraq, where they were used by Iranian supported Shia rebels. The Chinese made RPG rocket is optimized for anti-personnel effect. To accomplish that, the shell bounces up about six feet, after first hitting the ground. Then the 5.7 pound warhead explodes, releasing hundreds of metal fragments. Casualties can be caused nearly fifty feet away. Because the warhead explodes in the air, and is full of metal fragments, it is more than three times as likely to kill or injure than the usual RPG warhead (which is designed to penetrate armor). The "Airburst Anti-Personnel" rocket also has a longer range (over 1,500 meters, more than twice that for the anti-armor rocket).

Iran buys these rockets from China, or maybe even makes its own copies. Iran denies supplying weapons to the Taliban or al Qaeda (which are violently opposed to the Shia brand of Islam practiced throughout Iran and southern Iraq.) But in the past, Iran has aided al Qaeda, and Iranian gunrunners will sell weapons to anyone who can pay.

 

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smitty237    Interesting, but probably impractical   8/20/2008 9:47:44 AM
"The Chinese made RPG rocket is optimized for anti-personnel effect. To accomplish that, the shell bounces up about six feet, after first hitting the ground."
 
I would dare say that the warhead skips, rather than bounces, judging by the normal trajectory of the PG-7 projectile.  If they've figured out a way to make the projectile bounce straight up after it hit the ground then that would be pretty cool, but if performance the way I think it would then the user would have to either fire it at personnel in the open, or just be damn good at judging where the round would have to hit the ground in order to achieve desireable effectiveness.  With the range being supposedly increased to 1,500 meters, this seems unlikely.  I guess if you don't have artillery, this is the next best thing. 
 
 
 
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WarNerd       8/20/2008 1:36:52 PM

 I guess if you don't have artillery, this is the next best thing.   

These probably have to be fired on a high ballistic trajectory to work, hence the longer range.  Accuracy is probably awful, but a 50m radius of effect could make up for a lot of that.
 
Question:  Since the Chinese developed these, have they done anything to improve the sights on their RPG's?
 
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aPackOfWankers       8/21/2008 1:50:17 AM
 
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