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July 20, 2006

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Alex

And if it really was a C-802, there is no good reason why the ship didn't sink. I don't believe it.

jamie

Clearly there was a rush to put Iran in the frame and it was more of a starting point than anything else. Any idea what it might have been?

it would be amusing in an unfunny sort of way if it turned out to be surplus Western gear flaoting round the spot market...

Alex

Hard to say - perhaps the original UAV story was actually true? The ship was quite a distance offshore, so it can't have been an ATGW. Potting at ships with a katyusha or similar isn't realistic.

Chris Williams

What's with the other hit on an Egyptian freighter 50-odd kilometres further out to sea, then? That would imply some kind of missile with autonomous terminal guidance, not an RPV. Perhaps the corvette was hit by an 801 whose warhead failed to go off, and the damage was done by the impact and excess fuel burning.

Alex

That's a serious possibility. (as in Sheffield)

Another possibility is a bit of the old random terrorism against merchant shipping.

Chris Lightfoot
What's with the other hit on an Egyptian freighter 50-odd kilometres further out to sea, then? That would imply some kind of missile with autonomous terminal guidance, not an RPV.
Why? Surely with a video feed back to the controller, this would have been perfectly feasible with an RPV?
Alex

Feasible, but unlikely unless the aim was to shoot at random ships.

Chris Lightfoot

Ah, fair point.

Alex

An interesting question - what if it was a CSS-2, not a C-802? Saddam 'ad 'em.

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