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Syrian Rebels’ DIY Armored Trucks

by John Reed on May 31, 2012

How do Syrian rebels shuttle around their cities when government snipers are quick to fire on anything that moves? They simply hop in the beast shown above, ride through a hail of government bullets and take out said snipers.

The photo above shows a Suzuki pickup that’s been converted into a gasoline-powered turtle armed with a DSHK machine gun.  Apparently, the Turtle (we’re giving it that nickname, right here, right now, even though the rebels call it the T-HOMS75) carries a driver, a gunner and an asissistant and can hit speeds of up to 49 mph while protecting its occupants from light and medium caliber bullets.

Speaking of Syrian rebels, click here to see their latest flamethrower and click through the jump to watch a video of them using a different armed Suzuki pickup to shoot at a government Mi-8 helicopter.


Via The Aviationist.

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blight_ May 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Trying to guess the weight based on the sag of suspension and tires, but coming up short.


Sulaw00 May 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I wish i had this for my commute.


Noha307 May 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Not like they're going to hit anything with that.

What happened to the ZU-23-2 the Libyan Rebels had? They would be perfect for the job. It seemed like they had more of those in Libya than they did pickup trucks!

Or better yet, just acquire some of these: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI7aa-XusFE&list=PLCB1DD9E9BA524FBF&index=46&feature=plpp_video] (Hella freaking scary that you can find these just laying around, too!)


@TarantinoDork June 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

The Libyan rebels benefitted from seeing quick and immediate defections of whole military units. Armor, infantry, special forces, even combat aircraft and warships. As such they had ready access to large stockpiles of heavy weapons. And quickly began using those weapons to make highly creative technical vehicles. Pick-up trucks armed with ZU-23-2s, Hind helicopter rocket pods, even (in one case) the functioning 70mm turret of a BMP armored fighting vehicle.


Pat May 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Wow who would have thought the rebels would build something with the ability to take out. An Abrams…lol


Black Owl May 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

For a second I thought it was made out of legos.


McPosterdoor May 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Military grade Legos. That's clearly a wedge shaped Lego piece they bolted to a frame. Are Dutch special operators involved?


jrod May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm


The other swamp germans.
Legos and DIY armored trucks


McPosterdoor May 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I think 'sand crawler' would be more appropriate.


Noha307 May 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Defense Tech really needs to stop stealing from David "The Aviationist" Cenciottis blog.


Noha307 May 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Although, in their defense (no pun intended), they did cite his article.


Tad May 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Clearly a waste of hard-earned rebel taxpayer money on an over-priced, high-tech boondoggle that undoubtedly came in way over budget and schedule.


Jayson May 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Proof American Advisors are on the ground? I seriously think so.


Shamus62 May 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

If things collapse in to a mad max scenario, these guys will be way ahead of us and will probably already rule Barter Town.


Brad May 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm

The front looks more like the staircase they have on the corners of the WWE rings. This is awsome though, it reminds me of the door bell powered rocket launchers in Libya.


alfredo May 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Article says Suzuki, Video clearly a Toyota.


Mark Pyruz May 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

It's interesting the FSyA hasn't appealed to full unit defections bringing with them their AFVs and logistical vehicles. Instead, they seem to remain a ragtag bunch forced to such desperate measures as these.


rick the dck. June 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

Talking about shooting fish in a barrel or in this case a well placed grenade inside.


Jared June 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

Thats what? 1/8" steel and what looks like black diamond plate? Not going to stop a whole lot.


Ben August 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

It looks like its a taken a few hits in the front… or that might have been from a shopping trolley


bbmg June 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

Not exactly a pickup with that double wheel at the back.


Lance June 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

This is even more laughable than the Libyan Mad Max trucks with helicopter rocket pods welded on back. These guys dont know what there doing.


RSweeney June 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Everyone seems to be yelling "Allahu akbar" in the audio…

Must be those secular freedom guys from Google.


Vaporhead June 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

They are actually yelling "snackbar." ;)


JackBlack June 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

It seems that they did not learn anything from Bosnia, put rubber on it, enjoy.


chuckdelta June 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Not bad for people with probably no military training or know-how. Most of these guys were students or bakers before joining the free army, so I've got to hand it to them for being problem solvers. Makes me love my Toyota more every time I see these videos as well!


Hikerguy June 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Necessity is still the mother of invention.


Tiger June 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Another “A-Team project?” Col. Smith & Face man are in Syria?


Mek June 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Red wunz go fasta!


guest June 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

We should steer clear of the whole morass… The rebels want to install an islamist regime with Sha'ria law that is about as far away from western style democracy as you can get. What is there to lose from letting the Syrians kill themselves off in civil war? Absolutely nothing. What do we gain from aiding the Syrian rebels? Nothing but increased misery for Syrian Christians and other minority groups at the hands of the winning islamists…


greenprism June 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

what happens when the tires get shot out-they don't look like "run flats" to me


Medic10Zulu June 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

that looks cool


Ben August 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Zspoiler September 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

They need to paint it dayglo orange with a bullseye on it,They are going to meet Allah faster with thin armor as an that.


cookiestime.com September 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

Cortamos las galletas con cortadores en forma de hombrecillo de mujer con falda.
Una vez sacadas del horno, las dejamos que templen 10 minutos en las bandejas y despues
las ponemos en una reja metálica a fin de que acaben de enfriar por completo.


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