In short, it is an image released by Syrian rebels opposing the Syrian government, under the title “The world is arming us.”
Craft mortars, off-road vehicles, armored vehicles, and even tactical missiles – this is not a complete list of homemade weapons now being fought in the Middle East. Syrian and Iraqi militants complement the developments of the IRA, Hezbollah.
The Blue Bomb
A homemade blue projectile from a domestic gas cylinder is one of the calling cards of the Syrian armed opposition, as well as the terrorists of the Islamic State and the Jabhat al-Nusra organizations. The cylinder is filled with handmade explosives (based on ammonium nitrate) or factory (extracted from unused artillery shells). Sometimes they put additional eye-catching elements: small bolts and nuts, metal parts, thin steel plates. Then a fuse is connected to the cylinder and a rod with stabilizers is also welded from below to ensure at least some firing accuracy. That’s it, the heavy miracle projectile is ready for battle. The smaller caliber ammunition is made from scrap tubing, using roughly the same technology.
They fire with a makeshift mortar from a large diameter steel tube welded at one end and attached to a steel support.
The design can be mounted on a chassis. Before firing, the mortar is lined with stones for greater stability. The powder charge is ignited, as in an old weapon, with the help of a fuse through a hole in the barrel chamber. The firing range depends on the strength of the pipe and the number of cellophane bags with homemade gunpowder that the militants load into the barrel. A projectile is said to be capable of flying up to three kilometers. Usually several people serve such a weapon, because it is not easy to carry homemade bombs and load them into the barrel.
There are options in which the projectile is not lowered into the barrel, but is mounted on it, as in the bombers of the First World War.