Urbin Report

Friday, January 12, 2007

Meanwhile in Minnesota

The Minneapolis Star-Pravda just failed a fact check:

The contract will be substantial because the precision guidance kits will be made to fit into all existing 155-millimeter artillery shells used by the United States and NATO. The artillery rounds -- 3 feet tall and 10 inches wide -- would receive new screw-on tips, which are actually precision guidance kits that provide new satellite-guidance capability, wings that deploy mid-flight and mini brakes that can help steer the shells in the desired direction. The idea is precision targeting, even though the target may be 20 miles away.

I didn't know that the Army ever had a ten-inch bore cannon.

We had some twelve-inch railroad car mounted cannon back in World War Two, "Atomic Annie" was an eleven-inch cannon. And the self-propelled eight-inch guns were recently retired. The largest bore artillery piece in present service is the 155-mm cannon, which is slightly over six-inches.

So someone at the Star-Pravda didn't do their homework. Hell, it looks like they can't even do basic math.

(10 inches times 25.4 millimeters equals 254 millimeters, not 155 millimeters. I shouldn't even have to do that!)

Par for the course for our local commie-traitor rag.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.