This is a staged photo to celebrate good retention numbers in Afghanistan. Of interest to me, besides the amazing mushroom fireball, are the mine resistant vehicles to the left and right. If I'm not mistaken, they are Cougar Hs, with a V shaped bottom to vent the mine/IED explosive force to the side. They have a turret on the top for little machine guns up to the .50 M2 or the Mk 19 grenade launcher (these are un armed at this point). The South Africans pioneered these sort of trucks to fight in Namibia against irregular forces 20 years ago. Good to see we've played semi-effective catch up. The bigger mine resistant truck, the Buffalo, has suffered a few deaths inside with IEDs but they might have been shaped charge penetrators from Iran.
Still a funny photo.
Labels: War against Muslim Extremists; Afghanistan Front