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Author Topic: I am told it is a rocket launcher but I am not sure  (Read 8987 times)
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« on: 9 September 2010, 00:10:50 »
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as the barrels seem very small.

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« Reply #1 on: 9 September 2010, 18:27:46 »
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 Huh?
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« Reply #2 on: 9 September 2010, 20:18:31 »
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Somewhere I  read the German nightfighters used unguided rockets in the last months of the war to shoot down bombers.
Maybe this is a launch tube for these planes (ME110)
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« Reply #3 on: 10 September 2010, 02:05:32 »
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Somewhere I  read the German nightfighters used unguided rockets in the last months of the war to shoot down bombers.
Maybe this is a launch tube for these planes (ME110)


I initially thought this as well but I am reasonably sure that there is a trigger mechanism and hand grip in the picture and unless they planned firing it from the cockpit of the ME110 (which could be amusing) I suspect it is a ground based portable weapon.

I am however unsure whether it is a rocket system or not as it looks to be a multi-barrel system with tubes in the 20-30mm range which seems very small for a rocket of that period.
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« Reply #4 on: 10 September 2010, 09:22:28 »
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Mad Russian provided the answer, here it is:

The Fliegerfaust (lit. “pilot fist” or “plane fist”), also known as the "Luftfaust" (lit. “air fist”), was an unguided German multi-barreled ground-to-air rocket launcher designed to destroy enemy ground attack planes and is credited as the first MANPAD (man-portable air-defense) system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fliegerfaust



The German designation was the "2cm Luftfaust".
Manufactured by HASAG (Hugo Schneider), Leipzig.
Used a rocket propelled 2cm round. Fired 9 rounds in 2 salvoes.
None reached service.
The Luftfaust ("air fist") was an anti-aircraft, recoilless shoulder-fired weapon not really related to the Panzerfaust. There were two versions: the original Luftfaust-A featured four barrels of 2cm-caliber, firing 2cm-projectiles that weighed 90g and contained 19g of explosive, the projectiles were fitted to a little rocket stage. When fired in a salvo, the projectiles reached a velocity of 380 m/s.
The Luftfaust-B addressed the problem of the inaccurate and unsatisfactory hit groups achieved by the Luftfaust-A by lengthening the barrels and increasing the number of barrels to nine. The weapon now had a length of 150cm and weighed 6.5 kg. The nine projectiles were shot in one salvo with 0.2 sec. between the individual barrels. Although large orders for the weapon were placed in 1945, actually only 80 of these weapons were used in combat trials.
 
The Fliegerfaust ("airplane fist") had the same basic design of the Luftfaust but featured six barrels with a diameter of 3cm. It was to use the 3cm - projectiles of the Maschinenkanone MK108 machine-cannon used in fighter aircraft such as the Me262 jet. These bullets weighed 330g and contained 75g of explosives. The weapon did not advance beyond the trial stage.
REF: Weapons of the Third Reich, Gardner and Chamberlain.

http://germansecretweaponsnazi.devhub.com/blog/archive-201007/

Thanks to Steve.
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« Reply #5 on: 12 September 2010, 07:32:21 »
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Awesome, I bet that sucker had some kick and I am betting it wasn't particularly accurate.
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