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Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank 232

SternisheFan writes "As Syria's rebels work to overthrow the tank-equipped Assad regime, they've learned that it helps to have tanks of their own. They deserve bonus points for integrating video game technology. This is no exaggeration. Have a look at the opposition forces' "100 percent made in Syria" armored vehicle, the Sham II. Named for ancient Syria and assembled out of spare parts over the course of a month, the Sham II is sort of rough around the edges, but it's got impressive guts. It rides on the chassis of an old diesel car and is fully encased in light steel that's rusted from the elements. Five cameras are mounted around the tank's outside, and there's a machine gun mounted on a turning turret. Inside, it kind of looks like a man cave. A couple of flat screen TVs are mounted on opposite walls. The driver sits in front of one, controlling the vehicle with a steering wheel, and the gunner sits at the other, aiming the machine gun with a Playstation controller."
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Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank

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  • by zippo01 (688802) on Monday December 10, 2012 @09:56AM (#42242159)
    So I did some more looking and it really is a death trap. The wheels are still exposed, and the steel is at most 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, which would easy be penetrated by an AK-47 or an Nato 556 round. It is really just a death trap.
  • Not a tank (Score:5, Informative)

    by Andy Dodd (701) <atd7&cornell,edu> on Monday December 10, 2012 @10:00AM (#42242209) Homepage

    Light Armored Vehicle maybe, but not a tank... Tanks have a heavy caliber main gun with machine gun as backups. A vehicle with only a machine gun isn't a tank... Probably well within the category of LAV though.

  • Not a tank (Score:5, Informative)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Monday December 10, 2012 @10:05AM (#42242265)

    That is not a tank. That's an armored car.

    A tank requires three things: heavy armor, a turret-mounted gun capable of anti-tank combat, and the use of tracks instead of wheels.

    This arguably fails all three. It's a wheeled vehicle, and that 7.62mm gun may as well be paintballs to other tanks - it's a common caliber for the coax gun on modern tanks, for use when you don't want to waste your expensive ammo against mere infantry. The armor is definitely insufficient to handle modern tanks, but it would have been enough for 20's and '30s tanks (or perhaps WW2-era Italian or Japanese tanks), so you could probably squeeze it in.

    That said, as long as the rebels use it intelligently, an armored car is a very useful tool. Keep it in the cities, where tanks have difficulty maneuvering, but use its mobility to outflank infantry. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts - it doesn't look like it could handle modern anti-tank missiles, but it *might* stand up to an RPG-7 or so.

  • Re:More of an AFV... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Scutter (18425) on Monday December 10, 2012 @10:25AM (#42242449) Journal

    Here's 3/8" steel scrap at 50 yards with 7.62x39 fired from an AK47. I recommend muting the volume. []

    It'll go right through it and then proceed to shred the occupants of the vehicle, incidentally also spraying whoever is missed with molten steel.

  • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Monday December 10, 2012 @12:08PM (#42243475)

    How do you get 1/4 - 1/2 inches from 2.5cm? 2.5cm is .98 inches. Both articles cite 2.5cm as the thickness of the steel.

  • Re:More of an AFV... (Score:5, Informative)

    by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Monday December 10, 2012 @12:10PM (#42243499)

    While that's a nice video, both articles cite the thickness at 2.5cm, or 1 inch.

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