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Libyan Rebels’ DIY Weapons Factory, Robots and All

by John Reed on June 14, 2011

Take a look at this video by Al Jazeera TV showing the Libyan rebels increasingly sophisticated ability to jerry-rig weapons. We see everything from machine guns scavenged from Gadhafi’s fighter planes mounted on pickup trucks to remotely fired guns slaved to targeting cameras. The wildest invention is a machine gun mounted on a remotely controlled power-wheels-style kids truck at the 55-second mark.

Thanks to tipster Patrick Casey for pointing this out.

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Militarist June 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Impressive given the situation, creativity put to good use, I say.

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John June 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Your son's old power wheels hummer painted black = $0

7.62 belt fed machine gun from Gaddafi's armory = $0

Some scavenged remote control parts = $0

The volunteer who runs next to this contraption to keep the belt feeding properly = Priceless

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Nathan June 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

The rebels are concocting these contraptions and NATO's dropping concrete ordinance. I understand the reasoning behind this, but it seems like role reversal.

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Zap June 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

When I was a kid and I wanted to get up to a little mischief , my brother and I used to take a CB radio to the local park where every Sunday model makers with their remote controlled planes and boats would gather to proudly play with the fruits of moths of solitary work , that was before we turned up with a CB and keyed out everything within range and watched the destruction and confused expressions .
Now imagine that robot thingy with a gun on it the moment it leaves rebel lines and enters a battlefield where everyone is using radios , it will go FUC#*%ng crazy , the rebels have already provided us with many moments of hilarity caught on film but i have a felling the best is still to come .

And did anyone see the clip of the rebel with a AK firing over a sand bank yesterday , wow just wow

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Stephen N Russell June 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Looks like A Team lives. Awesome, jury rig devices, Unique in Modern Combat??

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blight July 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

The Iraqi insurgents were innovative in their own way. They pioneered IEDmaking, and did it without formal training, and learned by natural selection. They also built a variety of launch vehicles, the "donkey cart" being the most notorious.

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Will June 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Does the rocket motor of an aerial rocket burn out while it's still in the launch tube? Because if it doesn't, they're going to have to add some kind of shield to that improvised RPG.

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eduardo ang June 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

Impressive weapon for rebel defense against would be surrender -leader khaddafy.

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twin2 July 15, 2011 at 12:27 am

these weapons look very lethel/deadly and its the best weapon building i ever seen.

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Sam Vadnais December 15, 2013 at 5:12 am
Merrilee Paglione December 15, 2013 at 5:13 am
Belesari June 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

And oddly enough there are so many service members who are extatic about it.

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