Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Look At The U.S. Navy's Railgun

Wall Street Journal: A First Look at America’s Supergun

The Navy’s experimental railgun fires a hardened projectile at staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to blow holes in enemy ships and level terrorist camps.

DAHLGREN, Va.—A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense.

Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole.

The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the U.S. ahead of advancing Russian and Chinese weaponry.

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More News On The U.S. Navy's Railgun

U.S. Navy's Deadly New Supergun: 'This Is Going To Change The Way We Fight,' Says Top Military Official -- Inquisitr
Pentagon Hopes Its Supergun Will Help to Counter Russia, China -- Sputnik
The Navy is not going to apologize for the badass futuristic weapon it just unveiled -- Bizpac Review
Op-Ed: US Navy super rail gun — Redefining future fire power -- Digital Journal
Shipping containers full of capacitors will enable flexible railgun designs for shipboard and fixed or mobile land based railguns -- Next Big Future


RRH said...

The effort expended on new wonder weapons would be better directed toward real diplomacy and efforts to find common ground in a spirit of mutual respect ;)

phill said...

These "wonder weapons" are here to stay, and will bolster our navy's dominance:)

Unknown said...

"find common ground in a spirit of mutual respect"

Saudi Arabia has never respected us. They will not; they cannot.

Fear or needed our power, but never was there respect.

RRH said...

but, but I thought the Saudis were your friends??????? Does that mean you are going to have to give them back their money??

Bob Huntley said...

Every movie, play, book needs a villain, sometimes several or it isn't interesting. The world as a stage requires villains. If you can't find one, make one, or several, as you wish.