Rebel Tech: Four Wheelers and Rockets

Happy weekend everybody. Check out these pics of what appears to be the latest in Libyan rebel weaponeering; a four-wheel ATV chassis with four rocket launchers mounted on top. At first glance, I was hoping this was a remotely controlled weapon system like these, but after looking at the image closely, I can’t see anything that looks like a power plant for the chassis. However, the last picture in the collection shows what might be a remote launching device for the rocket quad. Let’s hope they’ve put an engine on it since the pictures were taken.

While this may not be a shining example of engineering, it’s a small example of the passion and dedication a lot of these rebels are putting into fighting against a despised ruler. This video showing a rebel re-powdering ancient rifle ammunition with powder taken from kids cap guns is another small example of the rebels’ determination.



  • blight

    This sounds like psypher’s comment in the “Afghan IED” thread.

    “…meaning they got MLRS from a certain country :-)”

    To the right of picture one looks like a nose cone, which might suggest Soviet helicopter rocket pods are a source of their rockets? Then again, those nose cone rockets seem smaller than the one he’s holding in his hand; which looks like a S-5 rocket:

  • blight2

    Could be the S-5 rocket:

    However, I think the S-5s were all launched in those rocket pod arrangements, and not individually as presented here.

  • The Libyans sure do love tinkering in their garages.

    I imagine that the world’s next greatest can’t-do-without invention is probably sat in some Libyan guy’s shed right this minute. I don’t know what it is, but I want one.

  • Boofa

    Theres actually 5 tubes too ;)

  • Forrest Cantrell

    I love these guys.

  • bubba birner

    welli dont know about you but it looks like there is 5 not 4 tubes and wow they really know how to get the most use out of there old parts its like Mcgyver as a group

  • SJE

    Why put an engine on it? Gas is in very short supply for the rebels, so an engine could be just another dead weight.

  • AT4

    Regarding the field expedient rifle cartridge reloading video. That makes using a single stage press here at home look totally efficient and safe. Glad I have a 1970’s era powder scale and measure.

  • JSCS

    The fellow in the vid appears to be re=priming Carcano ammo….use what ya got I guess

    • Boofa

      If they didn’t shoot so much of it into the air he wouldn’t need to do it.

  • Lance

    Not really new weve been playing with such weapons for decades. BUT the problems are clear they are way to valnerable to rifle fire.

    • blight

      This isn’t meant to be used as a direct-fire piece. More likely than not, they’ll dig a pit for it, and if push comes to shove it can be hitched up and driven away before overrun or capture. I don’t see any digging spades or whatnot to properly brace the thing during firing, which contributes to bad precision. It’ll work as a psychological weapon, or for indiscriminate bombardment against a base or a city.

  • Vstress

    While it’s a fairly nifty thing… it just shows that even a guy who has kids toys lying about can do with a few tools. A bit scary and shows that not much goes a long way with people who have determination (both to aide our causes and not).

    I wish him luck that the rockets don’t hang-fire in the tubes!!! That thing would go mental.

  • John

    Interesting photos from the Libyan rebels weapon lab / day care center.