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I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on yebomimi@gmail.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

TERRORIST ANTI AIRCRAFT WEAPONS USED IN EXTERNAL CAMPS BY ZIPRA AND ZANLA FORCES

This was the array of weapons which the Rhodesian Security forces (Air Force) could expect to encounter when we attacked ZANLA and ZIPRA terrorist bases in Mocambique and Zambia.
During these attacks the Rhodesian Air Force Lynx and Alouette K Cars loitered over the scene taking tremendous AAA fire from the terrorists on the ground.
Rhodesian external attacks on terrorist base camps were nearly always supported by Canberra bombers, Hawker Hunter and Vampire ground attack aircraft.

The ZANLA and ZIPRA gunners returned fire with determination and in some cases used baboons chained to thier bunkers to warn them of an (airborne) attack by the Rhodesian Forces.
We had a healthy respect for these weapons especially the SA7 Grail missile known to us as a Strela.
In Choppertech I recount some of these external raids into Mocambique and Zambia telling the Rhodesian side of the story and of the Rhaf aircraft which were hit by some of this awesome arsenal of weapons.






SA 7 Grail otherwise known as Strela



AK 47 Ty 56






Soviet Dragonuv 1







Chinese NDM 8 7.62








DP 7.62









AKS 7.62










75 mm Recoiless











82 MM Recoilless












ZU23 MM AAA








ZU 23 MM AAA







TYPE 54 AAMG AAA 12.7











SA7 GRAIL (STRELA MISSILE)






SKS Chinese 7.62







SG 43









SKS 7.62







RPK 7.62






RPG -7 Rocket launcher








DPM








PPSH








Semi automatic Tokarev 7.62







AK 47 7.62







RPD 7.62








PKM 7.62







DSHK







ZPU4 AAA





Soviet -DSHK-DSHKM 12.7 MM






Soviet DSHK -12.7MM AAA






Soviet - 25 MM 1940






Soviet -37MM B47 AAA


































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I welcome comments from everyone on my book Choppertech.
I am interested especially on hearing from former ZANLA and ZIPRA combatants who also have thier story to tell.