Another mystery 'weapon' found in Iraq

Another mystery 'weapon' found in Iraq

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    Another mystery 'weapon' found in Iraq

    Following on from a previous thread, any ideas what this new one might be?

    It couldn't be a mini deathstar could it?



    A mysterious green cantaloupe-sized metal ball with an unknown firing device, found in 2005 by GIs and a freelance journalist in Mosul, Iraq, is confounding weapons experts trying to pinpoint its origin.

    Dubbed "Mystery Weapon 2" by Iraq-based journalist Michael Yon, the orb was found under a barn among a weapons stockpile that was later destroyed by the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment.

    "If there's anything that, honest to God, could have nefarious overtones, it's that, because nobody was able to tell what it was," Yon said.

    FOXNews.com in cooperation with Yon last week published a photograph of a weapon of unknown origin that was believed to be either some sort of rocket-propelled grenade launcher or a mockup. It, too, was found in the Mosul cache.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,253713,00.html


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    Gotta be a depth charge or a floating mine. I bet they got a good deal on them from Iran too.

    Now all they need is a little from us.
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    I'm not sure what it is, but I think some insurgent's prolly shoulda treid to play some softball with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a_kayaker View Post
    Gotta be a depth charge or a floating mine. I bet they got a good deal on them from Iran too.

    Now all they need is a little from us.
    Depth charge? Where the heck would they put it? They're surrounded by SAND except for one little sliver where the Tigris meets the Persian Gulf right next to Saudi and Iran. What they going to do? Leave charges all over the Gulf and piss off the Saudi's or Iranians when Their ships get blown to bits instead of ours?
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    What it is?

    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    Depth charge? Where the heck would they put it? They're surrounded by SAND except for one little sliver where the Tigris meets the Persian Gulf right next to Saudi and Iran. What they going to do? Leave charges all over the Gulf and piss off the Saudi's or Iranians when Their ships get blown to bits instead of ours?
    You don't need water to have depth charges. I was with the AAVs and everywhere we went there was some spot in our encampment referred to as the "ramp"; even in the desert. So if you can have a ramp and use amphibious vehicles in the desert, why not depth charges?

    I don't know what it is, but it would make a nice garden decoration, if you polished it, like those globes. You could set the depression on the ground and hide an extra house key in it too.
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    commode bomb...

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    This one is easier than the first one.

    It is a CS gas grenade, used for crowd control. The opening is where the jet of CS gas comes out, it then spins & bounces around dispersing the gas over a larger area. Some have a rubber cover, others have a phenolic cover.

    The one in the picture may be a Soviet version of our XM47ES & M25A1.

    The other possibility...(this one is far less likely)........is the Brunswick Rifleman'a Assault Weapon (RAW). Later version was also called MuliPurpose Munition or MPM-RAW, a pre-fragmented anti-personnel/anti-material round using tungsten pellets and know as the "Flying Claymore".
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    Depth charge? Where the heck would they put it? They're surrounded by SAND except for one little sliver where the Tigris meets the Persian Gulf right next to Saudi and Iran. What they going to do? Leave charges all over the Gulf and piss off the Saudi's or Iranians when Their ships get blown to bits instead of ours?
    Sorry I should have indicate that I was kidding about the depth charge. I thought it was funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    This one is easier than the first one.

    It is a CS gas grenade, used for crowd control. The opening is where the jet of CS gas comes out, it then spins & bounces around dispersing the gas over a larger area. Some have a rubber cover, others have a phenolic cover.

    The one in the picture may be a Soviet version of our XM47ES & M25A1.

    The other possibility...(this one is far less likely)........is the Brunswick Rifleman'a Assault Weapon (RAW). Later version was also called MuliPurpose Munition or MPM-RAW, a pre-fragmented anti-personnel/anti-material round using tungsten pellets and know as the "Flying Claymore".

    Hate to say it, but if you go with your ID you are going to be in for a rude shock......

    This is an "ALPHA" South African 155 MM submunition out of the 450 kg CB 470 cluster bomb .

    Each bomblet weighs approx 6.2 kgs. and filled with a pound and a half of HE (TNT/RDX )

    There are 40 in the CBU and the fuze is called Jupiter .

    The Green covering on the outside is a rubberized plastic
    I think you'll find a big difference in the lethal range of CS and HE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    Depth charge? Where the heck would they put it? They're surrounded by SAND except for one little sliver where the Tigris meets the Persian Gulf right next to Saudi and Iran. What they going to do? Leave charges all over the Gulf and piss off the Saudi's or Iranians when Their ships get blown to bits instead of ours?
    Trust me those little b@st@rds will figure out a way to wire it and detonate it as an IED.
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