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Attack on MRAP

Post by jfko6 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:13 pm

Unidentified individual throws grenade at MRAP.

Notice the Iraqi security police upper-right when the propagandist replay vid in slow motion +1
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Re: Attack on MRAP

Post by Stef » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:42 am

Hi,
I don't understand: I see the guy that throws a "potato masher" grenade but the explosion happens just in front of him, not where he's thrown the grenade... :|
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Post by jfko6 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:54 am

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Re: Attack on MRAP

Post by housil » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:21 am

I made some screen shots to explain my guessings:

The insurgant throws a "grenade" towards the vehikle (1.)

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At 2. is the grenade with some "bright" what ever, at 3. another "part" that separated from it while throwing
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At 4. the grenade is "landing" just in front of the passing vehikle and explode

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That poor, misguided guy was throwing a Russian made (what else...) RKG-3 anti-tank grenade.

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After throwing, a "cap" is flying away (3.) and a little parachute pops out by a spring to make sure, it will impact at a 90° angle.

See this page:

RKG-3 H.E.A.T.

or watch this (you can often see how they are working):



My question is: Whats "wrong" with the Iraqi security police upper-right ? To me he is just walking there :?:

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Post by jfko6 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:32 am

Good write up of the event with helps. It's no secret of the many corrupt Security Police Force in Iraq.
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Re: Attack on MRAP

Post by Stef » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:13 am

ah, thanks Housil,
I was thinking the upper flying part was the grenade itself!
Sure it's a RKG3 or its Chinese "AT-type 3" cousin.
I don't think the officer was involved in the attack, he was certainly at the wrong place, the wrong time. Anyway the guy with the grenade doesn't seem to worry about him.
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Re: Attack on MRAP

Post by Bypah » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:47 pm

Does the parachut can also be considered to let the explosive blow on the top of the armored vehicle??? :idea: :?: :?: :?:
After all is a 90 degree angle " L" and if you trow it it can hit the top.....

If I'm not mistaked those RKG- 3 are obsolete,from the 50's

I found this pic with one showing the parachute,which I presume is a chinese copy of the russian original....
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Re: Attack on MRAP

Post by housil » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:13 am

There is a shaped charge inside (like in a "Panzerfaust", LAW). So the grenade should hit the target in a 90° angle. If you throw a bow, the grenade comes from above to hit - if you throw it against the side, it will hit it also in that "L" (90° angle).

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