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Libya Is Quickly Becoming a Level from Twisted Metal

Just this morning we showed you a chopper-rocket-packing truck of the Libyan rebel army. Looks like it wasn't the only one they've got: we found another hybrid missile pod pounder, firing away across flaming war wreckage. The scene is apocalyptically-surreal.

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DefenseTech speculates the salvaged rocket pod atop this car (in a single model, as opposed to the earlier dual-firing setup) is a UB-35, also torn from Qaddafi's downed Soviet-built air force. And behind it? A whole convoy of other war-modded cars. This might be one of the most cleverly-fought rebellions of all time—certainly one showing off the most mechanical prowess. Don't fuck with the underdog when they've got engineering degrees. [via DefenseTech]

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I have to wonder what sort of things our own GI's could come up with given the same sort of materials.

I purpose an exercise: Get together several teams of GI engineers/motorpool/etc. Give them the same basic parts/equipment you'd expect to find in this sort of circumstance, and then give them say, 4 objectives, and see what they come up with.

Say, they have to create 1 static defense measure, 1 point/area defense weapon, 1 attack vehicle and 1 personal transport.

the teams would have say, 3 weeks to plan, and assemble, and then test their measures. They would be graded based on the design, it's effectiveness, use of materials, operation, etc.

I know we did this to an extent in Vietnam, and in Iraq (to fight IED's, for example), but i'd love to see what the modern, professional military could come up with given the same tools and resources.

why do all this? First, to see what can be done with limited resources, an encourage outside the box thinking. second, because our enemies do this stuff, and it would be nice to start thinking of counters when you see things like this.