Railgun continues to amaze

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  1. sandbagger

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  3. Zombie

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    That's one hell of a steel plate at seven kilometers in length. ;)
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    :shock:

    If they can mount this thing on a tank...well, it already sucks to be an enemy tanker. This would make it more so.
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    Talk about getting the horse in front of the cart. For now I'd be happy to see them on a new class of battleship(s) a la the wave motion gun in "Starblazers" or the main gun on the A-10 Warthog. The power and structural requirements are going to be huge for the early operational models, so a naval ship is going to be the way to go.

    That said, if you ever get a chance to tour a battleship you can see why the Navy has such a boner about this. The gunpowder charges and explosive shells for the old main guns take up a huge amount of space on a battleship. And since they are designed to explode, there is the worry of them exploding before you want them to--something that is even more likely when the Bad Guys are, you know, shooting at you.

    The reason the Marines get a boner about this is that we miss the level of time on target you got from the massive firepower of a battleship. A cruiser with one or two 5" guns is kind of gay, compared to a full broadside of an Iowa class battleship--especially when you throw in its complement of cruise missiles.

    And in the New Marine Corps, where you've got Ospreys that can quickly drop a fighting force far inland, the ability to reach out and touch someone that a railgun brings is awesome.

    I think if I were doing this--and money was no object, I'd build a battleship type of hull with a nuclear reactor. Then you need to load a butt-ton of capacitors in there somewhere, and build the hull in such a way that it is strong enough to help hold the rails together during repeated firing.
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    wow it hit a steel plate 100 yards away and then continued on for 7 kilometers. I thought it hit the steel plate from 7 kilometers away.
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    hehehe a nuclear powered tank.....

    Man the left would just stroke out on that one..... :lol:
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    Or you could put the railguns on the Ospreys. :ramen:
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    Put one of them on an Antonov.

    The haji's won't know what hit them.

    This and the airborne laser...
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    And the project's probably canceled.
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    At the end of the day, if you can launch hypersonic projectiles with conventional guns, then the rail gun doesn't really offer much.
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    yeah that's what I thought too - "from seven kilometers away" would have cleared this up.
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    mother fuck me......:facepalm: seriously, what the fuck does it take to get a job in the written media these days? To breathe for a full minute without consulting your notes or what? Words (especially a headline or opening statement) should paint a fucking picture in your head as you read them. A clear fucking picture, using the exact (or close to it) number of words required to convey that message. Then read it back to yourself to see it it sounds right. Failing that, get a quick second opinion as to whether your statement makes sense to that person. Dirt simple - I don't understand why this is so complicated. I think my local news (especially the on-line news version) is written by unmotivated, uncaring pinheads. Any thoughts?
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    I'm sure that the rail gun project, if it does become mothballed, will only become mothballed to put research into generation tech. As it is the weapon is only feesable for nuclear powered ships. It's probably ready, tbh, it's a project they have been working on since the 90s and the concept isn't all that difficult, it's the execution (to the standard the Navy has asked for) that's been the challenge.
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    The Chinese appear to be testing their own version.
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    "a railgun mounted on a Chinese warship design normally used to land tanks." :huh:

    The Chinese have flying tanks? Gunpowder....chopsticks....paper....flying tanks - these guys are the full package of awesome!
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    China is testing them in Tibet, it seems.