Italian Neo-Nazi Group Somehow Got Hold Of A Matra Super 530 F Aam
Posted 15 July 2019 - 1511 PM
Reportedly they were trying to sell it to Ukrainian separatists. Which doesn't make it any smarter.
Posted 15 July 2019 - 1519 PM
The writing on the transport case is cropped from that image. Another I have seen courtesy of Facebook, shows that the case is stencilled thusly:
"Contract Dated 16th October 80
State of Qatar"
Note that "Contract Dated blah-blah" has been interpreted to mean that this is the manufacturing date. I don't think so - I think it's more likely to be a contract signature date. The missiles were produced between 1980 and 1985 (according to the French wikipedia page, which is much more comprehensive than the English one).
Anyway, well past its best, and I'd be pondering the wisdom of bouncing it around in the back of a police wagon as the detonators/igniters might well be a bit touchy by now.
Posted 16 July 2019 - 0038 AM
Not to mention the obligatory trophy shot where they have to decant it from the shipping case.
What's the worst that could happen?
Edited by rmgill, 17 July 2019 - 1018 AM.
Posted 16 July 2019 - 0150 AM
Ebay is a wonderful thing.
I nearly bought a Seaslug missile, but where do you keep it? It would look good hung over the fireplace, but it would probably have pulled the wall out.
Posted 16 July 2019 - 0608 AM
Acquaintance (former EOD) has demilled (explosives from warhead removed), but otherwise complete AGM-88 in his yard. It was one of the pair that were pulled practically intact (except engine burned out) from a swamp during 1999. Also ALARM, complete with a chute, but that one is in a much rougher shape. Plus assorted parts of probably every AD missile used.
Edited by bojan, 16 July 2019 - 0610 AM.
Posted 16 July 2019 - 0641 AM
Im sure I recall reading of someone owning a complete (minus warhead and engine) Aim9B, which would be quite a find. On the TV Show Pawnstars, someone walked into the shop trying to sell the IR lens from a Sidewinder missile.
So many nice toys, if I had the room....
Posted 17 July 2019 - 1019 AM
I have one of the radar sets from a Hawk Gen 2 system in my back yard. No transmitter tube and it's far from operational...but....
Posted 17 July 2019 - 1030 AM
Yeah, you can brag to the neighbours 'Ive got part of an anti aircraft system!'. Its a nice thing to be able to do.
Posted 17 July 2019 - 1158 AM
One day I'm going to drag it to a Ham Fest and it'll be the mother of all boat anchors.