Going up against an organized military must be quite a challenge, but Syrian rebels have used a little ingenuity to give themselves a fighting chance in the country's civil war. Judging by the fact that the uprising has lasted for more than a year now, the fighters definitely have skills in weapons and military tactics, but some of the rebels have displayed a different sort of skill by busting out their torches and welders to create this homemade tank.

Looking like something you'd see on an old episode of The A-Team, this armored assault vehicle started life as some sort of diesel truck and was converted to its current state using a lot of steel and a big gun. The occupants, engine and tires are all protected by thick metal, and the vehicle uses four cameras (including a gunner camera that can be zoomed in by what appears to be a Playstation controller) and a rear-facing camera to help the driver pilot the massive vehicle.

We don't know how well this vehicle performs when in action, but we're sure Hannibal, Face, Murdock and B.A. Baracus would all be proud of the effort. Scroll down to see the tank in action, courtesy of a video posted by Russia Today on YouTube, including running over a helpless pile of branches.


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      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not really a tank, more like an armored personnel carrier. Still pretty neat.
      Armchair Economist
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're up against the Syrian military here... Not a bunch of amateurish AK-wielding thugs. Ugh. I'd feel safer being outside of that thing in combat.
      19secondsslow
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure my neighbor is working on something similar in his shed.
        rollie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @19secondsslow
        With that kind of neighbor, you might put 911 on speed dial.
      XT6Wagon
      • 2 Years Ago
      yah, 1/2" mild steel plate. Fine for use against small caliber rounds, but hunting rifles and larger would make swiss cheese out of it with that nice flat plate that allows for easy penetration. heck I bet that if you got decent aim you could hole it with even normal 7.62 class rounds by focusing on a small area. Mild steel is just bad for picking up heat and deforming more and more with each successive shot. Military vehicles use steel with special alloys and hardening to keep this very thing from happening.
        rollie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        Perhaps,...but if I was faced with the choice of sitting in the bed of a Toyota Tundra or this in a firefight, something is always better than nothing. 'eh?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        You know what John Wayne said about bad whiskey? Better than no whiskey at all.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      These blokes are already gearing up for a business when they free Syria.
      Space
      • 2 Years Ago
      hate to see what an m134 would do to that thing. Actually, I kinda would. Just without people in it of course.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the camera's and the remote control turret. That armor is joke however.
        Peter_G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bernard
        Hi my name is Ellis. Instead of running out of town like everyone else, I armored up a truck to drive my self out of here. Built that thing to be Zombie proof. As it turns out it was only 99% zombie proof. The last 1% tore that truck to $hit. - L4D :)
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, looks like something made by the folks at Junk Yard Wars. // Scrapheap Challenge in the UK
      eliotsmeliot
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how in the video the "tank" shows off its off-road capabilities by driving over a small pile of twigs.
      Stallion
      • 2 Years Ago
      " a gunner camera that can be zoomed in by what appears to be a Playstation controller " New DLC for GT5 anyone?! :)
      greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks to have an open floor so IED's might be a bit of a problem
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      There should be no surfaces perpendicular to the ground. A steeply sloped surface means that a shell makes a glancing blow rather than a direct hit. (basically)
        Nickoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Yeah! We wouldn't want any dihedrals now, would we? Gotta keep this baby's RCS down! Come on not so secretive group backing the rebels, what were thinking with this design?
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        They're also lacking in reactive armor and FLIR sights....derp.
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