Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Another bannede weapon is apparently been in the Iraqi arsenal.

Defence analysts believe the three -- perhaps five -- M1-A2 Abrams tanks which have been disabled so far appear to have been hit by a weapon far more potent than the decades-old RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade.

Instead, it seems the Iraqis -- who say they have knocked out dozens of U.S. tanks -- may be using the Kornet-E, an export version of a Russian laser-guided missile which can destroy tanks fitted with explosive reactive armour.

''We're pretty sure they do have them,'' said Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons. ''It is a nasty surprise (for U.S. forces) and they will have to adapt their tactics. But it won't be a showstopper and it is no cause for huge alarm.''

Best line in the story:

Where Iraq might have procured the Kornet-E in the face of a a U.N. ban on weapons sales to the country is not clear.

Gee, I wonder

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