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(YouTube)   Not news: Insurgents plant IED. News: While Apache pilot monitoring from above. FARK: IED Self-destructs, eliminating insurgents   (youtube.com) divider line 188
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2013-03-28 08:39:50 AM  
Awsome tag needed
 
2013-03-28 08:40:47 AM  
...and nothing of value was lost.
 
2013-03-28 08:40:51 AM  
This has occurred, and been taped, hundreds of times.

/here's hoping for a few hundred more
 
2013-03-28 08:41:43 AM  
Problem arises.

Problem solves itself.
 
2013-03-28 08:41:59 AM  
Ha ha!
 
2013-03-28 08:42:37 AM  
I hate it when I have premature detonation.
 
2013-03-28 08:42:55 AM  
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2013-03-28 08:42:59 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-28 08:43:38 AM  
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Boom!
 
2013-03-28 08:43:50 AM  
As awful as that was, I LOL'd.
 
2013-03-28 08:44:18 AM  
Well that was fun. Here's to more sequels than police academy movies.
 
2013-03-28 08:44:19 AM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-03-28 08:44:42 AM  
Must of been a very quiet helicopter.
 
2013-03-28 08:47:15 AM  
That was not Romance Explosion.
 
2013-03-28 08:47:48 AM  
how far away do you guys think the heli is? i know they are very quite but hes just hovering around watching with them being oblivious.
 
2013-03-28 08:48:05 AM  

Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.


It must have a whisper mode.

www.technovelgy.com
 
2013-03-28 08:48:16 AM  
Well that was grim. Is this what we do here now?

Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.


Yeah... I was wondering about that. How did they not notice the choppa'? Maybe that's why they decided to start digging it up?
 
2013-03-28 08:48:16 AM  
Yet another workplace accident.  They need Al-OSHA.
 
2013-03-28 08:48:33 AM  

Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.


It was probably a good distance from them. The optics on an Apache (or any attack helicopter) are pretty impressive and it's unlikely that the Taliban has any idea of their capabilities.
 
2013-03-28 08:48:47 AM  
Is the FAIL tag here because this is a repeat?
 
2013-03-28 08:49:50 AM  
I wonder if they were actually planting the bomb, or if they were trying to remove it.
 
2013-03-28 08:50:19 AM  
Looked like too many got away.
 
2013-03-28 08:50:32 AM  
This must be one of those leaks from the marketing department.
 
2013-03-28 08:50:58 AM  
was amusing tag busy laughing its ass off?
 
2013-03-28 08:52:35 AM  
How do you not see the Apache flying around?  Did they not think to look UP?!
 
2013-03-28 08:53:08 AM  

Alonjar: I wonder if they were actually planting the bomb, or if they were trying to remove it.


Both.
 
2013-03-28 08:53:39 AM  
They show a propensity for two dimensional thinking.
 
2013-03-28 08:54:38 AM  
i173.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-28 08:55:12 AM  

Alonjar: I wonder if they were actually planting the bomb, or if they were trying to remove it.


They observed the men bury and conceal the device, and then unearth it.  People don't usually camouflage things that they've discovered and want to remove.

I'm just glad the kid did in fact, get out of there, but it was probably his father, brother, uncle or other close relation that did the blowing up.
 
2013-03-28 08:55:19 AM  
And boom goes the insurgent.
 
2013-03-28 08:55:53 AM  
I like happy endings
 
2013-03-28 08:56:15 AM  

Egoy3k: Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.

It was probably a good distance from them. The optics on an Apache (or any attack helicopter) are pretty impressive and it's unlikely that the Taliban has any idea of their capabilities.


Based on how fast the bearings are changing (looking at both the heading indicator and using the road angle as a guide) and estimating the normal operating speed of an Apache, I'd say maybe a few miles at most. As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities.
 
2013-03-28 08:56:49 AM  

factoryconnection: I'm just glad the kid did in fact, get out of there


Me too.  He's unlikely to want to kill more Americans for revenge.
 
2013-03-28 08:57:08 AM  

Egoy3k: Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.

It was probably a good distance from them. The optics on an Apache (or any attack helicopter) are pretty impressive and it's unlikely that the Taliban has any idea of their capabilities.


I would think so as well.  In the consumer market you can get thermal cameras with an operational range of 8 miles.  The goods in the consumer market are at least 20 years behind what is available to the military.  Guessing from the pixelation he could have been well over 15 miles away from that target.
 
2013-03-28 08:58:29 AM  

Charlie Freak: As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities


Yeah but the people in the Taliban with access to the internet don't care if the schlubs they make bury the bombs get killed
 
2013-03-28 08:58:52 AM  
Might have been some footage spliced in from a predator or something. Looks like different sources.
 
2013-03-28 09:00:46 AM  

Charlie Freak: Based on how fast the bearings are changing (looking at both the heading indicator and using the road angle as a guide) and estimating the normal operating speed of an Apache, I'd say maybe a few miles at most. As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities.


Not all insurgents are Taliban, organized, trained, or knowledgeable.  Some just decide they've had enough and jump in, Wolverine-style.  Or maybe all the good bomb guys are already littered in pieces about the countryside.
 
2013-03-28 09:02:00 AM  
The Hellfire missile (just for reference) has a range of up to 5 miles - being one of the Apache's favorite load-outs I would take that to mean the optics on the Apache are quite capable out past 5 miles.

And while 5 miles doesnt sound like much set your trip odometer on your car some time... then pretend like you'd really be paying attention to that helicopter "way off in the distance"
 
2013-03-28 09:02:43 AM  
Which proves the maxim that if you observe a problem long enough, either it will go away or you will.
 
2013-03-28 09:02:57 AM  

Charlie Freak: As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities.


Seeing as we can't seem to agree on how far away the helicopter is from the video why do you think that they would be able to? They aren't stupid but they aren't exactly surrounded by technology are they? It's one thing to know that helicopters fly and shoot rockets. It's another to assume that they can read the newspaper over you shoulder from the horizon.
 
2013-03-28 09:03:57 AM  
"Never mind."
 
2013-03-28 09:07:28 AM  
Am I the only one that thinks this would be even better if it were slightly sped up and had yakkity sax playing over it?
 
2013-03-28 09:07:45 AM  
Helicopters are not rare in Afghanistan, they would have no reason to think that they were being observed directly. A lot of IEDs are planted ahead of a known patrol, and left just long enough for the earth to dry so to be indistinguishable.
 
2013-03-28 09:09:33 AM  

The Muthaship: factoryconnection: I'm just glad the kid did in fact, get out of there

Me too.  He's unlikely to want to kill more Americans for revenge.


Yeah, I wasn't nearly concerned about the kid's safety as the Apache crew was.  It looks like those insurgents were going to die that day anyway, just held up by that meddling kid.

Listening to the radio communication was worth it.  Crew discussing plan of action with ground command and the "Never mind!" was perfect.
 
2013-03-28 09:14:25 AM  

Charlie Freak: Egoy3k: Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.

It was probably a good distance from them. The optics on an Apache (or any attack helicopter) are pretty impressive and it's unlikely that the Taliban has any idea of their capabilities.

Based on how fast the bearings are changing (looking at both the heading indicator and using the road angle as a guide) and estimating the normal operating speed of an Apache, I'd say maybe a few miles at most. As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities.


Those are videos of actions, not videos of capabilities. The true limits are not available to the public.
 
2013-03-28 09:14:30 AM  
Been done before.
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2013-03-28 09:15:26 AM  

lack of warmth: Yeah, I wasn't nearly concerned about the kid's safety as the Apache crew was.


I have a hunch they were more concerned with public relations than that kid.
 
2013-03-28 09:20:41 AM  

Cybernetic: Never

mind

Understatement of the Year.
 
2013-03-28 09:21:42 AM  

Egoy3k: Charlie Freak: As for the second part, I'd guess someone in the Taliban has seen plenty of YouTube videos of said capabilities.

Seeing as we can't seem to agree on how far away the helicopter is from the video why do you think that they would be able to? They aren't stupid but they aren't exactly surrounded by technology are they? It's one thing to know that helicopters fly and shoot rockets. It's another to assume that they can read the newspaper over you shoulder from the horizon.


I spent a year in Iraq working with EDUCATED Iraqis.  No AQ member could watch videos like this and use the helicopters changing bearing to calculate speed and distance.  There is just no way.  Educated Iraqis couldn't even do this.  Never mind that it's pretty simple mathematics.

I remember a meeting of the Council of Representatives where one guy "trumped" another by announcing that he had completed the sixth grade.  This is a person in Iraqi society on level with a U.S. Senator.  <insert U.S. Senator joke here>

We were rocket attacked on the Embassy compound twice a day my entire tour.  I was friends with some of the EOD guys who respond to those attacks.  They would show me the photos.  Two by fours propped up on car jacks cranked to various angles with the rockets resting on top in the hopes that maybe one or two would come close.  Maybe 3 of 12 would fire properly.  Some were wired incorrectly, others the cell phones used as timers had their alarms set to the wrong time (am not pm, etc).  Often times the rocket would just detonate on the ground ruining the rest of the bunch in the process.  These people aren't just dumb.  They are in a whole different class of stupid.
 
2013-03-28 09:21:51 AM  
AWESOME
 
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