Re: Watch the Navy's new Rail Gun in action
- From: Dave Head <rally2xs@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 12:28:00 -0500
On Sat, 11 Dec 2010 21:20:38 -0500, WaIIy <WaIIy@(nft).invalid> wrote:
On Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:29:34 -0800, OldSalt@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
We know about cruise missiles, what do you know about rail
guns? I know I don't know anything about them, let me do a search
about it and see why they seem important.
The Navy is researching rail guns because they would weigh less than
conventional ones and since they rely on electromagnetism to fire
rounds, you wouldn't need a big, dangerous pile of explosives stored
in a magazine. All of that means a lighter ship, and a much more
deadly ship: a combat-ready rail gun would be able to fire Mach 5
projectiles over 200 miles with pinpoint accuracy, hitting 5 meter
and need a generator the size of Texas and can shoot one shot every half
hour and the ship it's on can be sunk by any cheezey missle out there.
32 megajoules is only about 9 KwH, and the target energy is twice
those figures. Doesn't take all THAT much of a generator. The target
fire rate is 6 rounds per minute.
The rail gun will, if it matches its expectations, be able to shoot
down incoming missiles and artillery. Its that fast...
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