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Remarkable sequence of photographs of a US Marine Corps Cougar mine resistant and ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle after it had been hit by a very substantial IED in Iraq. The crew escaped with only minor injuries and no one was killed, even though the blast ripped the engine from its armored bay and hurled it over 100 yards.
Originally posted by vox2442
Does anyone else think it odd that the engine could be blown clean of its mounts, yet the air intakes - which appear to be aluminium - still retain their circular shape at the mouth? The exhaust manifold still has the mounting flange attached.
Looking close, I think I can make out a couple of intact lugs on the cables leading to the ground point on the right.
I don`t know. This looks too clean to me, almost as though the engine had been scavenged.
Originally posted by orangetom1999
My read of what you describe is that there is a whole team of people involved in these types of incidents ...from medical to demolitions experts to factory reps. looking for changing trends?? Accumulating a significant data base not ordinarily seen by the general public. Where a product can be improved. etc etc. Even right down to where or whom has the knowlege to build the next type of devices..a fingerprint so to speak.
Originally posted by Boondoggle
When a vehical is destoryed the Iraqi's pick them clean. Pesants did the same in Veitnam. Used engine partsd to fix tractors or cars, used tires to make Uncle Ho sandles, ect... Happens in most war zones, they take whatever isn't nailed down.
[edit on 4-9-2007 by Boondoggle]