Tuesday 23 April 2013

More Evidence Of Larger Cluster Bombs Being Deployed In Syria

Last month I wrote about a new type of cluster bomblet filmed in Syria, a Soviet ShOAB-0.5, and I suggested the likely delivery system was the RBK-500 series cluster bomb, a much larger cluster bomb than had been previously used in the conflict.  This new video from Dar el-Kebir, Homs, seems to confirm that RBK-500 cluster bombs loaded with ShOAB-0.5 bomblets are now being used in the conflict

There's two sets of markings that provide additional information.  Here's the manufacturing details, which tells us this was made in 1983

And next details of the container type, RBK-500, and bomblet type, ShOAB-0.5

So this is evidence of yet another escalation in the types of munitions used in the conflict, although considering how much evidence cluster bombs leave behind after their use it seems this particular type of cluster bomb has been used very rarely, especially when you consider there's now over 500 videos of cluster bomb use in Syria.

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  1. I'm not sure, but maybe that's the video you need: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvykYjQRwAc

    1. That's the exact one, I'll keep that in a safe place.

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