Basically a bangalore torpedo on steroids, the Python is a 500 meter tube of explosives tethered to a rocket on one end, and an armored truck on the other. The rocket casts the Python across a dangerous stretch of ground like a fishing line. When the snake goes boom, any mines, traps, or IEDs nearby go boom with it. The result? A clear path for a third of a mile.
"We are clearing this belt of death so that civilians and their families can begin to live without fear of being blown to pieces by a cowardly and dishonorable enemy that is happy to kill indiscriminately," said Lt Col Matt Bazeley, CO of 28 Engineering Regiment, who oversaw the use of Python during Operation Moshtarak in Afhganistan.
But don't take his word for it. Here's a video, courtesy of the Ministry of Defense, showing the Python going to work:
I wonder how it would be for urban renewal?
This is not a new idea. How is this significantly different than the US Army's M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC)? This has been around for many years. It might be longer, but not different. I've personnaly fired a MICLIC. The explosion is incredible!!!
they never said it was a new idea, just a new system. besides, a 500m explosion like that is pretty impressive.
Basically this is 21st Century mine warfare. If you think about it, an IED is nothing more than a low tech improvised version of a mine. What makes them different is that they don't look like traditional explosives.
"Welcome! to the Federation Starship SS Buttcrack!!!"
British Army? Mountains? Python? Nudge-nudge... wink-wink...
Must have been pretty sweet to fire that Beaker!
Finallyt some immaginative solution to IED. How aout use of advanced mini acoustic sensor transmittera to catch the culprita laying out the ied.
Also why not tiny toy size drones and bee size sensors to locate and to harras enemy in near combat situations.
Wasn't there also a smaller rocket fired chain ordnance called Rattlesnake? Detcord with intermittent charges on a delivery system similar to a T.O.W. wire guided system? I go check.