It's time for another news roundup of my favorite stories of the past week, as well as our Technical of the week
Look at this beauty. A civilian cargo trike with an LMG in the back. This is the African version of me and the other dads slapping a MK-19 on the top of a golf cart before we go mole hunting. No protection for the gunner, no protections for the driver. Just two dudes full of guts. Which is what we'll see if an enemy bullet comes anywhere near these dudes.
I will call this technically a Technical since the cargo trikes have an obvious new camo paint job and therefore fits the criteria of civilian vehicle repurposed for war. You don't have to be an insurgent to make a Technical, even small governments who are trying to war on a budget can circle some wishlist items in the most recent Coup and Driver magazine.
Next up: The Russian Luna-25 lunar landing on the southern post of the Moon. Except it didn't land and instead got all screwed up on entry and slammed into the Moon. Now, it might sound odd but you can learn a lot by slamming a probe into the moon, provided that's what you meant to do and have the right sensors and whatnot. Which it seems Russia didn't have.
Still, much like Prigozhin's recent death, Russia is great at getting things up in the air. It's the landing they have trouble sticking.
Next up: Calculators being allowed on the military ASVAB going forward. If you are not aware, the ASVAB is the testing battery everyone joining the military takes to determine just how smart you are and what jobs you qualify for. In the twenty+ years that have passed since I took the ASVAB, I'm sure a lot has changed and the addition of calculators will help out. The military is selling this as a perk to help recruit more soldiers, though I am unsure how many people didn't join the Army because they had to take a placement test. But I suppose after taking ACTs and SATs in school just to not get into the community college of your choice, you probably don't want to take another test.
Personally I'm all about using technology. Except for land navigation. Getting lost in the woods rite of passage for every lieutenant.
That's it for today (I was already done editing before the news today of Prigozhin's Icarus moment so that will be next week). This week I read from the Zine Broken Arrow, published at Shelfridge Air Force Base in Michigan. A new favorite of mine as there's a lot of Enlisted level whining in this one