posted on Aug, 8 2014 @ 09:32 PM
Good Evening my fellow ATS'ers! It has certainly been busy in the news cycles lately, hasn't it? Who would ever have imagined that open war in not
one but 3 different nations across the Middle East for 3 relatively separate fights with the FSA, ISIS and Israel/Palestine could be raging at the
same time? It's quite a mess to be sure. Some refugees literally can't find a compass direction where death isn't a distinct possibility. There is
something very very wrong about that.
Now this isn't a thread about the politics of it or the right and wrong of it. There are many...many threads to cover every conceivable aspect of
those issues. This is simply a look at what are being called rockets and have a basic set of numbers for perspective.
I will start with what the majority of rockets being fired consist of. This conflict had thirty five hundred rockets fired when this past cease-fire
had started. I have no clue where the tally is now in real time. Even terrorist organizations with the backing of multiple nation states cannot afford
to just throw their best weapons into an effective anti-air network, and so they have not been. They have been making liberal use of a local resource
These are the rockets that literally do look like BIG bottle rockets or more accurately, the higher end of the Western Amateur model rocket classes.
Clubs in some of the Western US deserts launch rockets a couple meters in height at times and they are impressive. I can easily believe they are home
made and mass produced in the way the numbers indicate. Nothing to 'em.
This next class is a step up, and we get into what will easily kill with a respectable radius if the compass line shooting Hamas is doing happens to
drop a warhead onto something soft. (Israeli homes are required to have blast protection rooms as a code requirement, as I learned in putting this
This is also where the weapon systems start showing creativity and adaptation to use. Original designs of the two indicated there were never intended
to be fired off a rail or a launch rack raised from a hole in the ground. Yet, this is how they've been adapted to function with mixed results. None
of the rockets are guided, and that is a key thing.
Israel has over 7 million residents, and I don't say this for a violin of sympathy, but to note.......those people need to eat something in that very
small land. That makes a virtual checkerboard of growing plots and fields wherever it works to nurture into something. A lot of space to miss for
blind shooting these rockets and where plenty of rockets end up. In fact, that lack of guidance is what makes the next ones mere "rockets" and not
Slap a guidance system on the next 3, and you'd have a short range missile more than a long range rocket/rocket artillery.
Is Hamas Using Chinese Rockets? Not Exactly, Say Experts (2012
Information about WS-1E Rocket use)