Syrian Rebels Built This Tank Using Old Cars and Games Consoles

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Necessity, so they say, is the mother of invention — and if you need a tank but don't have one to hand, it's time to get creative. Like these Syrian rebels, who threw together this tank after a trip to a junk yard.

Called the Sham Il, it's built around an old car chassis but has some new — if unattractive — armoured bodywork, along with a machine gun turret. No windows, obviously, so instead there are external cameras, which route footage to an LCD, so the driver can see what's going on outside.

Perhaps the best part, though, is that the machine gun is aimed and fired using what looks like a PlayStation controller. No, really. [YouTube via Verge]