I’m retracting what I said about the IDF spokesperson in my previous post about the amateurish Merkava Tank video. Apparently it IS often we bash them.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week, you know about the Klos-C cargo ship, intercepted by IDF in the Red Sea with Iranian arms on board.
Well today, after unloading it, the final arms tally is here:
There’s no such thing as a 122mm mortar shell.
There’s either a 120mm or a 152mm calibre mortar or mortar shell.
122mm calibre may apply to rockets, like the BM-21 “Grad”, or howitzer cannons like the D-30.
One of the photos published by the IDF clearly shows that these are indeed 120mm mortars shells (tucked beside the M-302 rocket):
Compare with the previous Iranian weapons smuggling attempt on board the Victoria:
The official IDF press release stated this incorrect fact, thereby being quoted by all the news outlets in Israel.
Imagine, if you will, a car manufacturer press release about a new car that gets the horsepower rating wrong. Or a historian that writes about an event but types the wrong year. This is unprofessional.
Update: I’m right.
Another image, you can clearly see it said 120mm mortar HE
Iran’s DIO (Defense Industries Organizaion) makes this type of mortar shell.
Also, Haaretz’a military correspondent just tweeted this:
אוקיי, מסתבר שהיו אלו פצצות מרגמה 120 ממ, ולא כפי שהופץ על ידי הצבא
— Gili Cohen (@gilicohen10) March 9, 2014
Okay, it turns out these were 120 mm mortars, and not as distributed by the army