Libyan rebels manufacture their own weapons and armored vehicles with captured armament 1506111
Defense News - Libya
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 12:18 AM
Libyan rebel's manufacture their own weapons and armored vehicles with captured armament.
In the city of Benghazi the Libyan rebel's organize themselves, and workshops of local made weapons and armoured vehicle are created. Mechanics and engineers manufacture weapons to fight the heavy vehicles as main battle tanks of Kaddafi Forces.
Libyan rebel soldier’s repair captured weapons at an improvised workshops in Benghazi June 13, 2011.
A 76 mm cannon is removed from an BMP-1 turret to be fitted on light jeep.
Scrambling to arm themselves against Libyan Kaddafi mercenaries and a professional army, rebels have been making use of everything they can -- from using captured weapons and munitions to rigging anti-aircraft guns and aircraft rocket launchers to the backs of civilian pickup trucks.
Libyan rebel fixes UB-32 helicopter rocket launcher pod on pickup truck at a weapons workshop in Misrata
Libyan rebel fighter's fire again Qaddafi forces with UB-32 57 mm helicopter rocket launcher pod mounted on Toyota light pickup truck
The goal is to convert old weapons mainly Chinese and Russian air-to-air rockets and ground-to-air missile into mobile weapon platform which can be used against the better trained and equipped of Libyan armed forces. Some civilian light jeeps are fitted with small unguided UB-32 rockets pod from captured combat helicopter mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The helicopter UB32 pods can fired 32 S-5 57 mm unguided air-to-ground rockets
Some captured anti-aircraft gun ZSU-23-4 Shilka was also converted to be used as anti-tank combat vehicle. Additional armour plates are fitted around the vehicle, and the radar is replaced with two batteries of 32 unguided missiles.
Libyan rebel works on an 122 mm Grad rocket launcher system at workshop in Benghazi, June 1, 2011
Libyan rebel's vehicle fitted with four 122 mm Grad rocket launcher on light jeep.
Some light civilian pickup truck are fitted with four or two launcher tubes of 122 mm Grad artillery rockets, mounted at the rear of the vehicle. Normally this weapon system is fitted to the Russian made BM-21 MRLS multiple rocket launcher system truck.
The 122 mm rocket, Russian designation 9M22, is a High-Explosive Fragmentation (HE frag) fin-stabilised unguided rocket with a steel-tube body, an HE frag warhead in the pointed nose section and an electrically-ignited rocket motor in the tail. Stabilisation during flight is provided by four spring-out stabiliser vanes at the tail, mounted at an angle of 1° to the longitudinal.
Other types of warhead can be installed in place of the HE frag, including chemical (VX or GB nerve agent - see under Equivalent projectiles) HE-Incendiary and Smoke. The 9M22 rocket have a maximum range of about 20,750 m.
Libyan rebel fighter cuts metal from a destroyed Qaddafi tank to be used as armour for light vehicle
Civilian vehicles are transformed into armoured vehicles, armour plates are fitted around the vehicle
Rebel fighter's made local modification on civilian vehicles to increase armour protection
Civilian vehicles are also transformed into armoured vehicle, armour plates are fitted around the vehicle to increase the protection against anti-tank rocket and small arms firing. Libyan rebel fighter’s cuts metal from destroyed tanks to be used to create armour for light rebel vehicles.
A Libyan rebel light pickup truck armed with a ZPU-1 14.5 mm anti-aircraft machine gun
Libyan rebel fighter's fire with Type 63 107 mm multiple rocket launcher system mounted at the rear of light pickup truck
To increase the fire power and the mobility of Libyan rebel fighters, many types of machine guns and light heavy weapons are mounted at the rear of light pickup, as ZPU-1, ZPU-2, ZPU-4 and ZU-23-2 light anti-aircraft gun.
All this light anti-aircraft guns use the Russian made 14.5 mm Vladimirova KPV (Krubnokalibernyj Pulemet Vladimirova) heavy machine gun (HMG), which has a quick-change barrel.
Some of Libyan rebels light jeeps are also equipped with Chinese made Type 63 107 mm multiple rocket launcher system.
The Type 63 is a towed, 12-tube, 107-mm multiple rocket launcher system produced in China in the early 1960s, based on the Soviet BM-12 MRS and using similar rockets. Type 63 MRS was developed in the late 1950s as the replacement for the 102 mm (6-round) Type 427 and Type 488 multiple rocket systems which were withdrawn from front-line service with the People's Liberation Army many years ago.
Lot of government military weapons and ammunition stocks were captured by Libyan rebel's, but not all the time in good condition
The Libyan rebels must also used old stocks of weapons and ammunition which were captured in old government military bases. Many members of the Libyan rebel army work on captured weapons to repair them and to make it in operational capability.
Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misrata, on June 7, 2011
Anti-tank rockets are also transformed to increase their power and efficiency against the Kaddafi forces tanks and armoured vehicles. Aluminium ring is added to RPG rocket-propelled grenades and refitted with high explosives.
Explosive elements of old anti-tank and anti-personnel are extracted to create home made bombs or IED (Improvised Explosive Devices), which will be used against the Kaddafi forces.
Libyan rebel extracts explosive elements from a mine to create home made bombs
A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misrata.