The Qassam Rocket – Pali Terrorist Weapon of Choice, An Overview

You’ve read about it in the news and on this blog quite a bit, but what exactly is this rocket the Pali terrorist use to cause so much havoc?

Qassam Rocket

The Qassam rocket is an unguided, high explosive, rocket propelled munition. Here are specifications from Wikipedia:

Qassam 1 Qassam 2 Qassam 3
Length 79 cm (2 ft 7 in) 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) over 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Diameter 6 cm (2.4 in) 15 cm (5.9 in) 17 cm (6.7 in)
Weight 5.5 kg (12 lb) 32 kg (71 lb) 90 kg (198 lb)
Explosives Payload 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) 5–7 kg (11–15 lb) 10 kg (22 lb)
Maximum Range 3 km (1.9 mi) 8–10 km (5.0–6.2 mi) 10 km (6.2 mi)

Being an unguided weapon, the rocket is out of the operator’s control immediately after launch. In normal battlefield situations, rockets are fired in salvos (many at one time) and fall as a “blanket” attack in the general area of the target. Similar to “carpet bombing”, the intent is to damage and destroy the target and any targets close to it.
Because the Pali terrorist cannot fire these rockets in significant salvos, the original effectivness is greatly diminished as far as direct damage to a specific target. Unless, of course the target is an entire population center and the aim is to cause more terror than actual physical harm.

Qassam Rocket Launch

On a brief side note, notice the launch position in the photo above. Pay particular note to the fact that this rocket is being launched from a densely populated area. Any counter attack by Israeli forces would most likely inflict collateral damage, or in other words, civilian causalities, something the terrorist rocket crew is counting on.

In addition to the Qassam rocket, which the Pali terrorist can build themselves, they also have smuggled Grad rockets from Russia and Fajr rockets from Iran. The approximate ranges of these rockets are 20 km (12 mi) and 40 km (24 mi) respectively. These rockets also carry a larger and more deadly payload, having more explosives and also being packed with 1/4″ ball bearings. On detonation, the warhead acts similar to a “shotgun” blast, firing the ball bearings at a high velocity in every direction. The use of balls in weaponry throughout history has been for one purpose; anti-personnel. They are largely ineffective against “hard” targets unless they actually hit it. In this case, the “personnel” being targeted are innocent Israeli women and children. The ball bearings slice through the body in much the same way as a bullet would when fired at close range, and the “shotgun” effect means that each victim will most likely be hit multiple times.

Rocket Ball Bearings

Rocket Ball Bearing and Damage

Since these long range rockets are in short supply though, the main weapon continues to be the Qassam. It is possible for the Pali terrorist to manufacture 100 of the Qassam rockets per day. Follow this link to Spiegel Online to see a Pali terrorist rocket “factory”.

Rocket Range

I hope this gives you some insight to the plight faced by the innocent Israeli civilians on a daily basis.

3 Responses to “The Qassam Rocket – Pali Terrorist Weapon of Choice, An Overview”

  1. none says:

    profanity is what you say

  2. The home made Qassam-III rocket fired out of Gaza has approx 10-mile max range, in this case only two villages within range. The great majority from spent rocket indicate the great majority land in outback areas of no population, the Iran and Russian missile very unlikely found in any quantity.
    American Corp’s such as TRW have developed and proofed a Anti-missile Laser System’s (with Israel in mind) that regardless the Zionist-Gov not deploying North of Gaza that would take out any and all Qassam’s.
    An interesting verse from Bible tells of distributing land to the 12-tribes (and) alien with family settled among the 12-tribes. These alien to receive land from tribe as land to posses as (their inheritance). Would today Palestinian be descendants of these alien. If so the displacement of Palestinian has been ongoing since early 1900’s, bringing another command to front, warning not to move boundary stones of land received as inheritance.
    Please read my webpage, telling of the Zionist Congress that was and is owner (Land Fund) of essentially all land today called the State of Israel. Also of interest, the devout Jewish rejected both the Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) and Zionist as in violation of Torah.

  3. Steve says:

    DeWayne,
    I disagree with you on this, but I do appreciate your willingness to share your views.
    Please visit us often and feel free to comment any time.

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