The Technical




 
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November 8th, 2011  
Zultra
 

Topic: The Technical


Many really, underestimate The technical, it's cheap, most poor armies have them, versatile, fast and can be quite potent.



November 9th, 2011  
brinktk
 
 
There's a reason the bad guys don't use them anymore here in Iraq....
November 9th, 2011  
Zultra
 
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Originally Posted by brinktk
There's a reason the bad guys don't use them anymore here in Iraq....
Airpower, yes, plus the 'bad' guys aren't dumb.
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November 9th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
More than airpower these days.
November 9th, 2011  
brinktk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zultra
Airpower, yes, plus the 'bad' guys aren't dumb.
Sigh...please leave the war fighting to the soldiers...

If your implication is that it is dumb to use the technical then wouldn't that mean you have just contradicted yourself?

If you're using it against bandits or against a group that has no mobility, than I suppose it would have its' advantages. BUT, once that thing is put into action it instantly becomes a bullet magnet...the fact that any standard assault rifle can riddle these things like swiss cheese makes it a less than ideal weapons system for ANY army.
November 9th, 2011  
Zultra
 
I meant every weapon has it's uses.
November 9th, 2011  
brinktk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zultra
I meant every weapon has it's uses.
So please explain to me the use this weapons system has on the modern battlefield. Why do you think this wonder weapon is underestimated? I'm really curious to know.
November 10th, 2011  
headwards
 
I think zultra has a point- the LRDG did pretty impressively with them.
Even on modern battlefields i.e in Libya they did the rebels a lot of good. I am assuming 'the technical' is what we call a ute
November 10th, 2011  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by headwards
I think zultra has a point- the LRDG did pretty impressively with them.
Even on modern battlefields i.e in Libya they did the rebels a lot of good. I am assuming 'the technical' is what we call a ute
My uncle was a member of the LRDG, first of all issued with Chevvy 4x2 trucks and armed with all manner of fire power, including weaponry removed from crashed aircraft, then issued 4x4 Jeeps, which were again fitted with various weapons.

He loved the Jeep. He related how once the clutch burnt out on one vehicle, they unloaded it, turned it over on its side and replaced the clutch far quicker then it would have been possible for the Chevvy.
November 10th, 2011  
brinktk
 
 
In an open environment where speed is needed then you will hardly find a better vehicle...It's good for raids and quickly transporting troops on the battefield.

On the other hand it can easily be taken out by just about any weapons system. It's only good for fighting against lightly armed opponents, and its effectiveness and mobility can be mitigated by roadside bombs.

If you can manage to keep them out of cities agaisnt an even moderately armed opponent, then you'll probably have some success with them. There is a saying among motorized/mechanized forces in the US Army..."If you can't truck it...F*ck it!" Having a vehicle to carry ammo and supplies is nice to have so that the dismounts don't have to carry them. With that being said, if one uses the truck in this way then the entire truck becomes a platform from which to fight from. The implications are that the dismounts are tied to that vehicle, you take out the vehicle, you effectively take out the team operating from it.

Put them against anything resembling a modern army or even a force with a few AFVs and they will quickly go by the wayside. I had a 1SG during the invasion who summed it up rather nicely...Technicals were being used to fight against our forces as we moved towards Baghdad. He had us go by one of the technicals that we destroyed to look at the dead occupants inside. He stated "gentleman, don't be like these guys, don't die dumb. They were outranged, out gunned, out armoured, and outclassed...this is what will happen to you if you lose your mind over here." The point was driven home abrubtly with that statement.
 


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