Post by David Edmunds Post by PhantomView
"abelard" wrote in message
Post by abelard
Iran has confirmed that two Islamic Revolutionary Guard generals, one
colonel and a captain were also killed Five Iraqis, including militia
deputy-commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were also listed among the dead
Five birds with one stone. NICE...
I saw a tech blurb awhile back saying that the USA was
now using a unique variant of the Hellfire. It does not have
an explosive warhead, instead it extends some steel spikes
at the last millisecond and does all its damage with pure
kinetic energy. This has proven ideal for taking out enemy
vehicles in crowded areas without causing widespread
damage. Sometimes a single vehicle can be targeted and
the rest of the traffic spared. Main use so far had been
against African Islamist leaders.
The photos from Baghdad showed badly damaged vehicles
but ONLY damage in that tight area.
Images of the General's body show a very badly burned corpse with some parts
But if they smash the car with something like that, they are likely to
explode the fuel tank anyway!
I think the idea that fuel tanks explode is a Hollywood myth. Mythbusters
(IIRC) did an experiment where they shot petrol tanks to prove that they
Petrol itself is an accelerent, not an explosive, and it is the vapour that
burns rather than the liquid.
Thanks. D. (former explosives instructor) explained it to me thus:
Yes, putting a bullet through a petrol tank is unlikely to cause it to
explode but that is very different from crushing large parts of the vehicle
with a missile, thus generating intense pressure and a massive amount of
heat generated by metal on metal friction. If the missile smashes the front
of the vehicle rather than the whole thing, and particularly the petrol tank
then you 'might' not get an explosion, simply a fireball, but the overall
effect on the occupants, and sometimes others nearby, isn't a lot different.