Syrian Rebels’ DIY Armored Trucks

How do Syrian rebels shuttle around their cities when government snipers are quick to fire on anything that moves? They simply hop in the beast shown above, ride through a hail of government bullets and take out said snipers.

The photo above shows a Suzuki pickup that’s been converted into a gasoline-powered turtle armed with a DSHK machine gun. ¬†Apparently, the Turtle (we’re giving it that nickname, right here, right now, even though the rebels call it the T-HOMS75) carries a driver, a gunner and an asissistant and can hit speeds of up to 49 mph while protecting its occupants from light and medium caliber bullets.

Speaking of Syrian rebels, click here to see their latest flamethrower and click through the jump to watch a video of them using a different armed Suzuki pickup to shoot at a government Mi-8 helicopter.


Via The Aviationist.

  • blight_

    Trying to guess the weight based on the sag of suspension and tires, but coming up short.

  • Sulaw00

    I wish i had this for my commute.

  • Noha307

    Not like they’re going to hit anything with that.

    What happened to the ZU-23-2 the Libyan Rebels had? They would be perfect for the job. It seemed like they had more of those in Libya than they did pickup trucks!

    Or better yet, just acquire some of these: [] (Hella freaking scary that you can find these just laying around, too!)

    • The Libyan rebels benefitted from seeing quick and immediate defections of whole military units. Armor, infantry, special forces, even combat aircraft and warships. As such they had ready access to large stockpiles of heavy weapons. And quickly began using those weapons to make highly creative technical vehicles. Pick-up trucks armed with ZU-23-2s, Hind helicopter rocket pods, even (in one case) the functioning 70mm turret of a BMP armored fighting vehicle.

  • Pat

    Wow who would have thought the rebels would build something with the ability to take out. An Abrams…lol

  • Black Owl

    For a second I thought it was made out of legos.

    • McPosterdoor

      Military grade Legos. That’s clearly a wedge shaped Lego piece they bolted to a frame. Are Dutch special operators involved?

  • McPosterdoor

    I think ‘sand crawler’ would be more appropriate.

  • Noha307

    Defense Tech really needs to stop stealing from David “The Aviationist” Cenciottis blog.

    • Noha307

      Although, in their defense (no pun intended), they did cite his article.

  • Tad

    Clearly a waste of hard-earned rebel taxpayer money on an over-priced, high-tech boondoggle that undoubtedly came in way over budget and schedule.

    • Jayson

      Proof American Advisors are on the ground? I seriously think so.

  • Shamus62

    If things collapse in to a mad max scenario, these guys will be way ahead of us and will probably already rule Barter Town.

  • Brad

    The front looks more like the staircase they have on the corners of the WWE rings. This is awsome though, it reminds me of the door bell powered rocket launchers in Libya.

  • alfredo

    Article says Suzuki, Video clearly a Toyota.

  • Mark Pyruz

    It’s interesting the FSyA hasn’t appealed to full unit defections bringing with them their AFVs and logistical vehicles. Instead, they seem to remain a ragtag bunch forced to such desperate measures as these.

  • rick the dck.

    Talking about shooting fish in a barrel or in this case a well placed grenade inside.

  • Jared

    Thats what? 1/8″ steel and what looks like black diamond plate? Not going to stop a whole lot.

    • Ben

      It looks like its a taken a few hits in the front… or that might have been from a shopping trolley

  • bbmg

    Not exactly a pickup with that double wheel at the back.

  • Lance

    This is even more laughable than the Libyan Mad Max trucks with helicopter rocket pods welded on back. These guys dont know what there doing.

  • RSweeney

    Everyone seems to be yelling “Allahu akbar” in the audio…

    Must be those secular freedom guys from Google.

    • Vaporhead

      They are actually yelling “snackbar.” ;)

  • JackBlack

    It seems that they did not learn anything from Bosnia, put rubber on it, enjoy.

  • chuckdelta

    Not bad for people with probably no military training or know-how. Most of these guys were students or bakers before joining the free army, so I’ve got to hand it to them for being problem solvers. Makes me love my Toyota more every time I see these videos as well!

  • Hikerguy

    Necessity is still the mother of invention.

  • Tiger

    Another “A-Team project?” Col. Smith & Face man are in Syria?

  • Mek

    Red wunz go fasta!

  • guest

    We should steer clear of the whole morass… The rebels want to install an islamist regime with Sha’ria law that is about as far away from western style democracy as you can get. What is there to lose from letting the Syrians kill themselves off in civil war? Absolutely nothing. What do we gain from aiding the Syrian rebels? Nothing but increased misery for Syrian Christians and other minority groups at the hands of the winning islamists…

  • greenprism

    what happens when the tires get shot out-they don’t look like “run flats” to me

    • Bill in Lexington,NC

      Not much … they are already pretty much flat. When they do finally flatten completely, the guys inside get 72 truly unlucky (and unwilling!) virgins apiece.

      If I was the gov’t. forces dealing with them, I’d be tempted to set a couple guards over it and just let the sun finish the job. Anything that sticks out gets shot … anything that stays inside bakes.

  • Medic10Zulu

    that looks cool

  • Ben
  • Zspoiler

    They need to paint it dayglo orange with a bullseye on it,They are going to meet Allah faster with thin armor as an that.

  • Cortamos las galletas con cortadores en forma de hombrecillo de mujer con falda.
    Una vez sacadas del horno, las dejamos que templen 10 minutos en las bandejas y despues
    las ponemos en una reja met√°lica a fin de que acaben de enfriar por completo.

  • The photo above shows a Suzuki pickup that’s been converted into a gasoline-powered turtle armed with a DSHK machine gun.