PlayStation controller commands the gun on Syrian homemade tank

In what we know is a real story, Syrian rebels have made a leap of necessity in their struggle against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The Al-Ansar brigade has built a functioning tank that will supposedly withstand 23 mm cannon fire. It will return fire in a way we are familiar with: with a PlayStation controller.

The boxy beast, called the Sham II (a reference to the pan-Arab aspirations of the 20th Century) was designed and built in Syria in about a month at a cost of roughly $10,000. The base of the beast is a car chassis. It has 2.5 cm metal plated welded completely around it. The driver "sees" through a flat-panel television that is connected to three front mounted cameras and one camera on the rear.

It wouldn't be much of a tank without a gun though, would it? While it's no cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun is mounted atop the Sham II. But the gunner does not rise through the roof to operate it. Rather, they sit inside the vehicle in front of a second flat panel screen. Then they pick up a PlayStation controller that will turn, aim and fire the machine gun that the tank's fifth camera is attached to. The Sham II is expected to weigh in on the battle for Aleppo, Syria's second city (behind the capital, Damascus) and commercial center, soon.

AFP, via The Blaze and The Huffington Post

(Thanks, Dania!)

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