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Sunday, 10 February 2013

French Rocket Pods Sighted In Syria

In early January I wrote about French SNEB 68mm rockets that had been shown on Syrian State TV and filmed being used with various DIY launchers.  As I pointed out, these types of rockets had a history of being used in the Libyan conflict, and were part of a shipment of arms from Libya destined for Syria stopped by the Lebanese authorities.

Now we have this video that takes things one step further


What we have here is a French MATRA rocket pod, designed to fire 68mm SNEB rockets, with this photograph from AFP appearing to show another example of the same type of rocket pod.  Examples of this same type of rocket pod mounted on vehicles in Libya can be seen here, and here in a very informative post about the SNEB rockets in Libya.

As with the SNEB 68mm rockets I wrote about earlier the rocket pods also showed up on the Lutfallah 2 cargo ship that was stopped by Lebanese authorities (source)



The Syrian air force does have a small number of French SA-342 Gazelle helicopters, but as yet the opposition has not overrun any of the locations where these are based, nor has their been footage of these types of rocket launchers being captured by the opposition, so it leaves open the possibility that these are part of one of the rumoured cargoes from Libya that made it into opposition hands.


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