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2010-12-10 Science & Technology
Navy Goes for World Record With Rail Gun
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Posted by DarthVader 2010-12-10 11:43|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [359 views ]  Top

#1 "See that incoming anti-ship missile? Watch what happens to it when it hits the wall of water caused by shooting a one-pound projectile at Mach 7 into the sea right in front of it."

"Wow! What what are you using for the projectile?"

"Assange's brain."
Posted by gorb 2010-12-10 12:48||   2010-12-10 12:48|| Front Page Top

#2 Perfect for home defense!

The term is somewhat overused - a railgun was a featured weapon in the Quake game and appeared in the Arnold move 'Eraser' where the projectile would pass through walls, buildings, bad guys, etc...
Posted by CrazyFool 2010-12-10 15:23||   2010-12-10 15:23|| Front Page Top

#3 CF, Well, looking at the energy involved here, it could very well be the railgun of fiction - that projective would certainly blow through damned near anything in a non-ballistic direct fire mode at short range. A hardened high density 100lb projectile in a ferro-sabot could do some pretty nasty thing in terms of penetrating armor, concrete, etc, at speeds approaching or exceeding of 2000 meters/second.
Posted by OldSpook 2010-12-10 17:45||   2010-12-10 17:45|| Front Page Top

#4 To put it in visual terms, take a 100lb slug at 2000m/s, put it into a small office/house structure and all that would be left is a crater. And the crater wouldn't even be smoking afterwords. It would be the equivalent of a meteor hitting.
Posted by DarthVader 2010-12-10 18:01||   2010-12-10 18:01|| Front Page Top

#5 Do we want to aim a few at the North Korean emplacements? And lend another to Israel for going after Iran's in-mountain uranium refineries... or should they wait until the Stuxnet virus is cleared from Iran's computers?
Posted by trailing wife 2010-12-10 19:10||   2010-12-10 19:10|| Front Page Top

#6 How long before a Clinton, or Obama gives the technology to the Chinese for a night in the Lincoln Bedroom or a campaign donation?
Posted by Secret Asian Man 2010-12-10 20:25||   2010-12-10 20:25|| Front Page Top

#7 S.A.M., or because the Chinese demand it in return for a)buying more US debt or b) reigning in their mad dog little puppy, North Korea.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia  2010-12-10 20:39||   2010-12-10 20:39|| Front Page Top

#8 Gaawd I miss my Lasers.

Reminds me of GEORGE C SCOTT IN "PATTON" > [El Guettar]"WAIT 'TIL THE GERMANS GET A DOSE OF THAT ARTILLERY FIRE"!
Posted by JosephMendiola 2010-12-10 23:15||   2010-12-10 23:15|| Front Page Top

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