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Old Russian Rocket Launchers Auctioned Off
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by James Dunnigan
February 19, 2005
Yet another major weapons system was briefly available for sale on eBay. A
British man offered a Cold War era Russian ZIL 135 FROG rocket launcher.
Normally, eBay prohibits the same of weapons, even replicas, but does allow the
sale of deactivated missiles. However, eBay’s small print forbids the sale of
deactivated missiles together with their launcher. So the recent eBay sale only
included the launcher (a ZIL truck with a launch rail for a FROG missile
launcher tubes mounted on the back). The ZIL 135 launch vehicle is available for
about $36,000. The missile can be offered separately. The seller obtained the
system from a movie prop company that was going to junk it.