Railgun Prototype Unveiled

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  1. Xabungle

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    Navy Testing Railgun Prototype

    Dear RotF Devastator,
    Watch your ass!

    One article, at Fox News, entitled It's Real!, even quotes a source - Admiral Matthew Klunder, "Chief of Naval Research for the Office of Naval Research (ONR)" - as saying,
     
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    Sweeeeeet.....
     
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    Nice.
     
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    Just glad my countru sits quitely under US demands after that :3
     
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    Devastator... watch your ass...
     
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    That. Is. Epic.

    One question. If it's magnets why is there fire?
     
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    Probably because of electro magnetism...
    Either that or friction, on both... cause it is a lot of fire o_O 
     
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    I doubt we'll hear how exactly it works for a long time....
     
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    Pro tip: Before you get all flag waving bullshitery read up on the company making the gun. BAE systems= British Aerospace Electronics systems. And that article doesn't say whether it's the UK or US location building the weapon.
     
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    I want one.
     
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    Britain fuck yeah then? I wouldn't get all "flag wavery" just because we built a dang gun, the america fuck yeah thing was a joke. It doesn't change the last part of my post because the US navy is getting it, even if it's being made by British companies. BAE isn't the only one working on it, General Atomics and Raytheon are also working on the rail gun, which are both American.
     
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    Both Britain and the US (and some other nations) have been playing around with magnetically accelerated projectile weaponry for decades now. It's getting more advanced, but it's still far from feasible as a weapons system. This version looks a lot more compact than the one I saw a couple years ago, but it could be the "guts" are just stored farther away as well.


    Could be a number of reasons. Could be an initial firing charge to get the projectile moving, which the rails then accelerate, or it could be the projectile (which isn't the most aerodynamic) superheating and essentially vaporizing on it's surface, essentially creating a trail of smoke due to air resistance and/or magnetic flux, or it could be the projectile superheating the air itself, and the fire is just incandescence and heat distortion in the video picture (you'll notice no fire, just a bit of smoke in the video when it leaves the test muzzle and plows through that wall, which I assume is concrete).
     
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    The US and UK defence establishments are so heavily linked that arrangements like this are fairly common. Heck, we Brits invented and produce the armour for the Abrams tanks and we're also going to be building all of the engines and some supporting electronics for the F-35 fleet. Also, those H+K products that everyone seems to love so much? Part of BAE.
     
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    You'll note I specifically said the weapon. General Atomics and Raytheon are building the ammo and power system.

    Don't forget that magnetic accelerated launchers for aircraft carriers are now pretty much a reality. So it might not be that much of a stretch to go for a weapon based on it. But it also means that the star ship weapons from Halo and Stargate are now a reality.
     
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    Oh, they don't use steam catapaults anymore?

    It certainly is a possibility in terms of a weapons system, though the big question would be if it was worth it for a naval application, compared to modern missile systems and aircraft.

    Ironically, I think it could be more useful in space like in Halo and Stargate, where you wouldn't have issues like drag and the curvature of the earth.
     
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    that is so cool!

    ...can i have it?
     
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    Just another weapon for the dictatorial nation to point at people's head, holding the world hostage some more.

    -le sigh-
     
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    Where is FunPub HQ?

    -aims-

    >>> F-CKING KABOOM!!!! <<<

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