The mysterious blast that killed over 30 people in Datakhel area of North Waziristan on Tuesday was caused by a new weapon the United States is using in that area to target Taliban and al.Qaeda suspects, reports said.
Reports in the US media identified the new weapon system as High Mobility Artillery Rockets or Himars, a complement to Predator drones. They are particularly useful when bad weather prevents high-altitude strikes, are mounted on trucks and can be fired from any location.
The US media, quoting military and intelligence experts, reported that Himars provides US forces deployed in Afghanistan the ability to fire deep into Pakistan from a considerable distance.
This prevents local tribes from tracing the source of the fire and can save the government of Pakistan the embarrassment it faces when a rocket coming from Afghanistan is traced to a US military deployment.
The media reports noted that US and Pakistani officials go to a great length to hide the source of a rocket attack to avoid political repercussions.
With GPS-aided precision, the missiles have a greater ability to hit the target while with the MLRS accuracy is to within about 1,000 feet.
There have also been reports of laser-guided rockets and missiles available on Himars, further improving accuracy.
Source: AKILast Mod: 21 Haziran 2007, 17:46