- Jun 23, 2007
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Apparently, 6 years ago a prototype one-man MLRS was created. It was deemed far to dangerous to actually produce and use, but here it it anyway. It was capable of firing four rockets, each one the size of a standard LAAWS anti-tank rocket. It was classified as a disposable incendiary assault system. It was square, with fold down lids on both ends and a pistol grip in front for stabilization. The The problem was that the warhead contained a mixture of gelled kerosene and aluminum flakes, which, when burning, was probably at least as nasty as napalm. The rockets were also supposed to have a penetrating effect, but like the pistol rocket they never reached an acceptable velocity. Unfortunately, the lowest bidder got the contract to make them, so the warheads had a tendency to leak inside the launcher. There really wasn't any way to inspect them without popping the end cap, which broke a seal, so any unit that had been inspected could no longer be issued for use. If you fired one and another one had leaked, it would probably explode. If a bullet hit a warhead, it would probably go off, and set the other three off. Given the weight, it probably was not possible to throw one of those things far enough away to survive the unexpected explosion or launch of all four of those warheads.