Skip to comments.Ten High-Tech Weapons to Repel Pirates
Posted on 04/15/2009 9:16:52 AM PDT by Ben Mugged
How does a small gang of lightly armed Somali pirates hijack a modern cargo ship?
Speed and weaponry, mainly. Modern pirates, whether off the coast of Somalia or in the crowded shipping lanes of southeast Asia, typically use fast speedboats to zoom up to the sterns of slow-moving cargo ships. They then toss grappling hooks up to the rails and climb up ropes to clamber on deck.
Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in the ports of many countries.
"The maritime unions, shipping companies and the International Maritime Organization all agree that ship's crews should not be armed," says Capt. George Quick, vice president of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, based in Linthicum, Md. "It would only escalate the situation The [Somali] pirates are pretty well funded, and they'd just get bigger weapons."
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Nothing like a 5 inch deck gun to wreck a pirate’s day.
Aka George QuickSurrender.
They still need help.
Anti-grappling rails - large diameter pipe to prevent getting a hook to fasten to the ship.
strategically placed water spouts.
I'm thinking modified paintball technology + microwave.
Not only is it cheap and the poor little mud'pi'rats would not like it, it sure is slippery, as in "I can't climb up the side."
It’s also time to repel the Pirates IN DC!! Go to your local Tea Party today folks! Now is the time to stand up for our founding principles and against the rising tide of socialism in America!
Well, one option might be to hire a company like Blackwater to provide armed protection.
..ouch, that really hurts!
barbed razor wire
remote control pepper spray spigots
Hot tar and oil showers
electrified top rails?
There's nothing like the smell of a roasting pirate in the morning.
I think I may have spotted the problem.
"It would only escalate the situation The [Somali] pirates are pretty well funded, and they'd just get bigger weapons."
Well which is it? Either the pirates are worse than "dirt poor", as the MSM keeps telling us so we feel sooorrry for them, or they are well funded. It can't be both.
Continuously looped IPOD recordings of Obambi’s (BIRD!) speeches would work to repel just about anything.
The crews’ reactions might not be too healthy, however.
I wonder if the Queen would lend hers out?!?
CWIS - CRAP IT WON’T SHOOT
Getting his with can would ruin your whole afternoon. One ship in the Pacific had a pump and hose to shoot a combination of gasoline, diesel and detergent. They would cover the attacking boat with it, then aim Roman Candles at them.
No ship and no ship’s crew should work in a known pirate zone without at the very least personal weapons on board. They might be locked in a magazine during most of the voyage, but the moment you move into pirate waters weapons should be distributed and kept close at hand.
Others have commented that, on a large automated ship, there is often no one on deck. Obviously, in pirate waters you have to have someone on pirate watch around the clock.
And the navy needs to have a rapid response team. If it takes 20 hours for a ship to get to you, that isn’t much help. They need to have assault teams ready to go as soon as the word comes that a ship is being approached. A fixed wing plane could be on the scene within short order to sink or drive off the attacker, and a chopper with the assault team could be there within an hour or so to secure the ship if necessary. We have to do more than we’re doing.
We don’t need to arm these crews. the legal and liability reasons are many. We need to arm a couple of modern day “Q” ships with Navy SEALS and send them out to go hunting.
It shouldn’t be hard to put a few “special” containers of equipment and ammo onboard an easy looking merchant, along with a platoon who are prepared to forcibly repel boarders when attacked. If the pirates are using four or five vessels, then put 2 platoons onboard the bait vessel.
The only thing these “pirates” understand is the business end of a gun, and considering the ransoms being paid by gutless countries who never do seem to invest in their own defense, unless the US takes the lead in shutting this business down forcibly, it will only continue.
they can carry. but when they get into port, they cannot display weapons. weapons must be stowed.
And people wonder why there's a lot of piracy going on?
There are some interesting weapons described in the article.
How about low-tech weapons? Israeli ships sail the Red Sea and Horn of Africa day and night, yet not one has never been successfully hijacked.
I’ll bet Israeli crews are armed to the teeth with Uzis, M-16s, SAWs and grenade launchers. They also probably shoot first and ask questions if there are any survivors.
George Quick doesn’t sound like a french name, but he can sure speak their language.
Phalanx Close-in Weapon System for self-defense:
Close-In Weapons System (CIWS)
The MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS - pronounced sea-whiz) is a fast-reaction, rapid-fire 20-millimeter gun system that provides US Navy ships with a terminal defense against anti-ship missiles that have penetrated other fleet defenses. Designed to engage anti-ship cruise missiles and fixed-wing aircraft at short range, Phalanx automatically engages functions usually performed by separate, independent systems such as search, detection, threat evaluation, acquisition, track, firing, target destruction, kill assessment and cease fire. Phalanx underwent operational tests and evaluation onboard USS Bigelow in 1977, and exceeded maintenance and reliability specifications. Phalanx production started in 1978 with orders for 23 USN and 14 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) systems.
Phalanx is a point-defense, total-weapon system consisting of two 20mm gun mounts that provide a terminal defense against incoming air targets. CIWS, without assistance from other shipboard systems, will automatically engage incoming anti-ship missiles and high-speed, low-level aircraft that have penetrated the ship primary defense envelope. As a unitized system, CIWS automatically performs search, detecting, tracking, threat evaluation, firing, and kill assessments of targets while providing for manual override. Each gun mount houses a fire control assembly and a gun subsystem. The fire control assembly is composed of a search radar for surveillance and detection of hostile targets and a track radar for aiming the gun while tracking a target. The unique closed-loop fire control system that tracks both the incoming target and the stream of outgoing projectiles (by monitoring their incoming noise signature) gives CIWS the capability to correct its aim to hit fast-moving targets, including ASMs.
The gun subsystem employs a gatling gun consisting of a rotating cluster of six barrels. The gatling gun fires a 20mm subcaliber sabot projectile using a heavy-metal (either tungsten or depleted uranium) 15mm penetrator surrounded by a plastic sabot and a light-weight metal pusher. The gatling gun fires 20mm ammunition at either 3,000 or 4,500 rounds-per-minute with a burst length of continuous, 60, or 100 rounds.
CIWS has been a mainstay self defense system aboard nearly every class of ship since the late 70s. It was originally designed to defeat low altitude antiship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and was called the block 0. As antiship cruise missiles became more complex in maneuvers and ability to be detected, and warfare areas moved from open ocean to littoral environments, CIWS has evolved to meet the threat.
Block 1 incorporated a new search antenna to detect high altitude missiles, improved search sensitivity, increased the ammunition available for firing by 50 percent, a pneumatic gun drive which increased the firing rate to 4500 rounds per minute, and started using tungsten ammunition as well as depleted uranium. Block I improvements provide increased elevation coverage, larger magazine space for increased round capacity, a variable and higher gun fire rate, and improved radar and processing capabilities.
Block 1A incorporated a new High Order Language Computer (HOLC) to provide more processing power over the obsolete general purpose digital computer, improved fire control algorithms to counter maneuvering targets, search multiple weapons coordination to better manage engagements, and an end-to-end testing function to better determine system functionality.
Block 1B Phalanx Surface Mode (PSUM) incorporates a side mounted Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) which enables CIWS to engage low slow or hovering aircraft and surface craft. Additionally, the FLIR assists the radar in engaging some ASCMs bringing a greater chance of ship survivability. Block 1B uses a thermal imager Automatic Acquisition Video Tracker (AAVT) and stablilization system that provide surface mode and electro-optic (EO) angle track. These Block 1B enhancements will allow day/night detection capability and enable the CIWS to engage small surface targets, slow-moving air targets, and helicopters.
Baseline 2C improvements provide an integrated multi-weapon operations capability. During integrated operations, the command system controls CIWS sensors, target reports, mode employment, and doctrine. The sensors are utilized to provide 360 degree search and track coverage, while providing track data to, and receiving designations from, the Command system. This CIWS installation includes a conversion kit for each weapon group to facilitate ease and safety of maintenance; the maintenance enclosure kit installs the below-deck equipment for a gun mount in a prefabricated enclosure with the mount located above it.
problem with that is on a oil tanker you’re not even supposed to carry a lighter.
they typically use water cannons , loudspeaker blasts and lots of lights...not much protection there.
If laws prevent crews from carrying, we need to change the laws.”
Hire Blackwater to protect the ships. They are not as busy these days in Iraq.
Well, one option might be to hire a company like Blackwater to provide armed protection.”
You beat me to it...and it is the best option which can VERY QUICKLY be employed to solve this problem.
Blackwater stated about six months ago that they’d like to get into “maritime security”.
True, except for the last week, the French seem to have changed their language.
“Anti-grappling rails - large diameter pipe to prevent getting a hook to fasten to the ship.”
Is there no way to electrify those rails when they come climbing up? It’d be very enjoyable to read of some of them having their worthless selves fried when making contact.
That's like saying if we gave a gun to all the convenience store clerks then there wouldn't be any stickups. We know better - it's not their job, it's not what they're trained for, and the odds are they won't want to die for someone elses money anyway.
If you want to put arms on the ships then contract it out. Let every U.S. ship, for example, pick up two or three armed professionals as they're entering the area and then have them ride the ship through pirate waters. As the ship leaves the danger area, the security team is air lifted to a ship that is inbound. Shipping lanes are pretty well defined and you could set up half dozen or fewer points that would be convenient for most of the U.S. ships going through the area to pick the guards up at. And if the pirates show up, you have a couple of trained professionals who know what they're doing and were hired specifically to protect the ship and its crew.
One shot, multiple kills.
A couple of these new auto shotguns on the port and starboard sides, the aft and bow of each ship would go a long way in erradicating the Pirate Scum.
The video doesn’t get into the new automatic shotgun until a little over 40 seconds.
Bullets and grenades do the job quite well, and they don't leave the pirates around to try again later.
I read somewhere that simple Concertina barbed wire deployed around the ship was pretty effective.
Judging from the age and inexperience of the the pirates it seems likely that the actual perps are just kids being sent out there by warlords/mob bosses who are running the operations and taking in the finances from a secure land base or possibly a mother ship.
Those are the people we need to wipe out.
My guess is it would be cheaper and less of a hassle for ship owners and captains to simply avoid the area by going around the Horn of Africa. Or buying more insurance.
Not very macho, but probably more economical than hiring full-time security details with helos and forward operating bases.
Security contractors seem to be the most cost effective way to deal with the problem. But it appears the owners, insurers, maritime organizations and unions don’t want the added bother and expense. Their solution is to fight pirates on our dime with our resources.
So screw ‘em. Let them just put down pirate ransoms as a cost of doing business and let’s move on.
We should get Medieval on them.
Dump cauldrons of boiling bacon grease on boarders.
“Arm the damned ships.”
That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
Something as simple as an M2 cal .50. at both the bow and stern. then, if they approach from the port or starboard, you can get interlocking fields of fire!
Fixed emplacements are easily defeated from a moving boat, but shoulder-fired rockets onboard would be a real deterrent to approaching smaller vessels.
They would get in range of some cargo ship and then BAM, unload on it.
Sank a lot of ships...I think it was called the Atlantis.
So skip the Horn of Africa, huh? In other words, don't use the Suez Canal and go all the way around Africa adding months onto each trip.
This is a mission tailor-made for outfits like Blackwater. Put 8-10 Blackwater guys on a merchant ship armed with crew-served automatic weapons and the piracy business gets a lot harder.
There is a 25mm upper for the M82A1 barrett (M107).
Give me 3 shooters with those and I will stop that pirate before he gets within the 930 meter “self destruct” max range of the series PG7 RPG’s........ These little SOB’s just have to lob a PG7 into the stacked sea containers to cause big trouble on such a vessel. set that bottom conex on fore and it’ll get ugly fast !
So if I were tasked to get through that indian country I would use the 25MM upper receiver for Ronnies M82A1 Barrett and a set of SOPHIE thermal binocs to stand watch for “pirates”.......:o)
Just my opinion .
Stay safe Dave !!
How about both weapons?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.