Since the start of the civil war in Syria rebels have been suffered from a lack of the kind of high-tech equipment and military hardware possessed by the regime. But now one group of enterprising rebels are trying to remedy that situation – with their own home-made armoured vehicle.
The ‘Sham II’ which is named after ancient Syria, is built on the chassis of a regular car, is encased in light steel, and features a machine gun controlled by a PS3 controller inside the cockpit. The 2.5 centimeter thick metal armour is capable of withstanding 23mm canon fire, and two screens in the cockpit are linked to cameras on the outside of the vehicle.
Designed by Mahmoud Abud from the Al-Ansar brigade – an Islamist group fighting in the Aleppo region, the Sham I has reportedly already seen action, and the new updated model is said to be ready for deployment (all of this is according to the rebels themselves btw).