Skip to comments.Hamas capabilities catching up with intentions
Posted on 04/09/2011 10:35:36 PM PDT by Nachum
It might have been easy to miss this detail in the report of the Hamas attack on an Israeli school bus on 7 April, in which a 13-year-old boy and the bus driver were injured (the boy severely). Hamas used a state-of-the-art Russian-design antitank missile, the 9M133 Kornet (NATO designation AT-14 SPRIGGAN), to attack the bus. Israeli officials confirmed that the hit on the school bus was achieved using laser guidance, and that the missile was launched from two miles away.
The account of the attack indicates that the bus was stopped (and had just offloaded most of its 50 schoolchildren, which was why more of them werent injured). So Hamas wasnt attempting to hit a moving target. But the ability to accurately target a bus from a distance of two miles, with an effective modern weapon, is a game-changer in the Hamas campaign to target civilians.
With older weapons and planted-bomb tactics, the effects Hamas could produce were more random and less predictable. Lobbing rockets indiscriminately into southern Israel is certainly evidence of evil intentions, but the probability of achieving specific or catastrophic damage with any individual round was low. Mortars can be delivered with useful accuracy, but they are not missiles capable of guided flight toward a target, which amplifies the destructive effect that can be achieved for the same amount of explosive. Bomb planting requires extensive advance planning and is not a pursuit tactic; it doesnt adapt to changing conditions, but rather is tied to a place, and a tactical objective that is at least hours old when the bomb detonates, and usually something more like weeks old.
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They brazenly admit they not only deliberately target civilians, but a SCHOOLBUS.
They do it with no fear of condemnation - not even a 'tut tut'. They know they have the total support of the UN, our president (POS) and out SOS.
Perhaps the more accurate they are, the better. A point will come when the only response is to wiped them all out.
wiped them all out= wipe them all out.
But, but, but . . .
It's the religion of peace< /sputter < /whine
There is only one game changer. Destroying Gaza before the UN steps in and protects the terrorists from Israel’s right to self defense.
It is something of a mystery to me. The mystery is that the world refuses it give the pounding it needs. Despite the fact that it has declared war on every non-Islamic country.
Eventually, civilized people will have to clean them out or submit. The right answer is obvious, but I'm not sure how long it will take before we accept that truth.
The 9M133 Kornet is also available with a “thermobaric” warhead. Thermobaric is a name for a type of fuel - air boosted explosive. Very effective blast effect is produced; the US “daisy cutter” bombs of the late Viet Nam war were thermobaric designs.
The Russians (with great ingenuity and insight) developed the idea into a much more effective explosive system than the US had used in Viet Nam. The technology has since been copied by the US and is used extensively by our forces.
This gadget is no toy. The target acquisition and missile guidance systems are first class.
At a guess the Kornet thermobaric warhead has the blast effect of one hundred pounds of TNT, more in an enclosed space.
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