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U.S. Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the warporn dept.

United States 1172

Walter Francis writes "The U.S. Navy has apparently been busy. They have been focusing heavily on the next generation of weapons and propulsion systems, including Microwave, Laser, and Electromagnetic-Kinetic weapons, more commonly known as railguns. What specifically surprised me was the fact that the Navy plans to deploy these systems as early as 2011, on their DD(X) frigates. The range of these rail guns is estimated to be over 250 miles."

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Suggestion for their autoexec.cfg (5, Funny)

SIGALRM (784769) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498849)

name USS Abraham Lincoln
set cl_maxpackets 120
set rate 20000
set snaps 40
set cg_fov 80

Re:Suggestion for their autoexec.cfg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498913)

hehe, nice sig.

Re:Suggestion for their autoexec.cfg (0, Troll)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498955)

This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October,'95. CANADIANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. AMERICANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. CANADIANS: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. AMERICANS: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, Divert YOUR course. CANADIANS: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course. AMERICANS: SIR, THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE ATLANTIC. WE ARE NUCLEAR, EQUIPPED WITH THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED AIR AND SEA ASSAULT FIREPOWER, ACCOMPANIED BY THREE STATE-OF-THE-ART DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS WITH UNPARALLELED BALLISTIC CAPABILITY AND NUMEROUS OTHER SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR SW IFT AND DECISIVE COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS VESSEL. CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Re:Suggestion for their autoexec.cfg (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499067)

Hopefully, you're trolling, because this ain't true [snopes.com]

To quote the greatest (1)

booyah (28487) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498851)

"Impressive!!!"

If History Is Fulfilled... (5, Funny)

andyrut (300890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498857)

I just know my archnemesis NoobFragger69 will be camping it the moment it's deployed.

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (0, Offtopic)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498890)

"Is it so hard to put a URL inside an A HREF?"

I'm sorry to be off-topic in replying to your sig, but I felt the need to answer. I don't post with HREF very often. It is not because it is hard or because it is time consuming, afterall I used to write web pages for a living. Rather, I do it because of all the goatse links out there. Let them see the URL before they click it. Can they do it with HREF? Sure, in an extra couple of steps.

In short, please don't belittle a choice like that when there are people doing it out of consideration, not laziness.

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (1)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498964)

You do realize, I suppose, that you can just hover the mouse on the link and look at the status bar if that concerns you?

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498975)

That is such a stupid cop-out. It is very easy to see the full URL before clicking on it in the status bar. That is far easier than having to copy and paste the link and then search for the space.

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (1)

clarkcox3 (194009) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498995)

What browser are you using that doesn't allow you to see the URL before you click on it?

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499065)

"What browser are you using that doesn't allow you to see the URL before you click on it?"

When did I say a browser couldn't?

I guess nobody read my whole post.

Re:If History Is Fulfilled... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499000)

You can see where the link is pointing by either holding the mouse over it so that it shows in the status bar below, or you can set your slashdot viewing preferences to display link domains.

No big deal either way really. The important thing to remember is that this is quite OT. =)

To further the OT (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499063)

I don't post with HREF very often. It is not because it is hard or because it is time consuming, afterall I used to write web pages for a living. Rather, I do it because of all the goatse links out there. Let them see the URL before they click it

Yabut...why cant you just mouse over the HREF'd URL to see what the real URL is, before you click it? Opera shows you the URL in the status bar, as I'm sure IE/Mozilla/etc do as well. Am I missing something?

Range (0, Troll)

hawkbug (94280) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498859)

Ok, so range - 250 miles? What happens if they miss the target... some random object/person gets blasted 250 miles down the road? Yeah, that sounds like a great idea...

Re:Range (2, Insightful)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498912)

Your argument is silly and can be applied to just about anything. Say, what if a cruise missile messes up and kills a family 800 miles away? It's an acceptable risk, and it does happen, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Re:Range (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499058)

Cruise missiles are better controlled. They're computer guided in-flight. Ultimately they can air-detonate if widely off-target. Meanwhile, ballistics are subject to airborne forces of wind and deformation. So if you fire one that looks like it will be of target but isn't, there's nothing you can do about it.

Re:Range (3, Insightful)

ananke (8417) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498919)

gee, let's go back to the hand to hand combat, because the enemy wouldn't dare to use guns.

Re:Range (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498949)

so range - 250 miles? What happens if they miss the target... some random object/person gets blasted 250 miles down the road? Yeah, that sounds like a great idea...


But isn't it true with any gun?

Re:Range (5, Insightful)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498954)

Ok, so range - 250 miles? What happens if they miss the target... some random object/person gets blasted 250 miles down the road? Yeah, that sounds like a great idea...

The 250 mile range is the ballistic range: a miss means something near the target gets pulped. The direct-fire range, where a miss could hit something well past the target, is probably only around 30 miles.

Re:Range (2, Insightful)

Marko DeBeeste (761376) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498958)

And this differs from every other weapon (down to and including the fist) how?

Re:Range (2, Funny)

Paster Of Muppets (787158) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498961)

"... if they miss the target..." Er... US Navy - what do you mean "if"? ;)

Re:Range (2, Insightful)

tr0p (728557) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498996)

Ok, so range - 250 miles? What happens if they miss the target... some random object/person gets blasted 250 miles down the road? Yeah, that sounds like a great idea...

You pessimists always try to get in the way of progress. How about chaining yourselves to the side of the boat so that it can't possibly leave the shore without giving you a drink.

Are You Ready? Go! (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498860)

What specifically surprised me was the fact that the Navy plans to deploy these systems as early as 2011, on their DD(X) Frigates.

Forget the railguns--I wanna hear more about these Dance Dance Xtreme frigates--sounds like a great way for swabbies to get in shape and destroy the enemy at the same time!

P.S. Linking to PDFs in article summaries makes baby Mozilla cry.

US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (5, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498866)

Great. The next big American stereotype will be that we're all 'faggot campers'.

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498896)

Great. The next big American stereotype will be that we're all 'faggot campers'.

What do you mean, "next" ?

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (3, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498932)

"What do you mean, "next" ?"

Click here [reference.com] for more detailed information about your question.

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499016)

AHAHAH rofl :D

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499024)

Click here for more detailed information about your question.

And click here [reference.com] for still more detail.

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (2, Funny)

smcavoy (114157) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498933)

You wouldn't call firing cruise missles from hundreds of kms away, camping?

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (5, Funny)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498988)

... and that's ignoring the fact that the Navy will no doubt be using aimbots.

Kim Jong Il: A headshot from the other side of the map?! WTF?!! OMFG!!! GAY CHEETR!!!

Just wait 'til the Army starts putting their wallhacking radar vision into widespread use...

Re:US Navy to Deploy Rail Guns by 2011 (1, Redundant)

shawn(at)fsu (447153) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499009)

Close, but it will be more like CS when you call someone an AWP whore after (s)he does a headshot.

/system United Statxor head shot Iraq distance 250 miles with Rail Gun
/Iraq OMFG RG wh0re!

Haven't you forgotten something, Captain Avatar? (4, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498868)

Don't forget the Wave Motion Gun!
It's our only hope against Desslok and the Gamalons!
Sing it with me now... "We're off to outer space..."

Since it's a 200KB PDF file... (4, Informative)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498869)

...and the server already seems to be having problems, it's mirrored here [cougaar.org] .

oh dear god (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498872)

oh dear god

Yes!!! (0, Flamebait)

Snagle (644973) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498874)

Now we'll have guns to accidentally kill Middle-Eastern civilians from 250 miles away! We are so 1337!

Two things . . . (4, Informative)

Maradine (194191) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498876)

1. Further useful information here [globalsecurity.org] .

2. Nitpick: the term 'DD' generally denotes a Destroyer, not a Frigate ('FF').

Re:Two things . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499045)

doesn't dd mean disk duplicator or something like that? or in vi, it deletes the current line.

Plasma (2, Funny)

danoaks15 (619749) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498879)

Now all they need is a plasma gun and ill join the navy!

Will they implement (0, Redundant)

neon777 (777242) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498884)

the Lightning Gun and the Plasma Gun as well?

Finally! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498887)

I always thought one of these would come in as a great ending to those retarded Gap ads where everyone is dancing around in front of a white background. There are several points during the dance that they are all in a straight line. DA-DA-DA-DA-DA *FOOOM*.."Impressive"

Arnie.. (4, Funny)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498888)

In other news, Arnold will take a break from being the Governor of CA and will be test driving this beauty..

Seriously, what better character to fire this weapon than our very own Governator?

Alright you Illegal Aliens..line up.. preferably in a straight line..Hold...

BFG (1, Funny)

Himring (646324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498889)

What? No BFG?... This is the part where I get an "overrated" or "offtopic...."

Re:BFG (1)

JamesKPolk (13313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498928)

Well, President Bush is trying to get resesarch into the nuclear bunker buster...

Eraser? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498893)

Are rail guns the weapons used in the Governator classic Eraser [imdb.com] ?

Range? (1)

zalas (682627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498903)

So theoretically, you can shoot these things farther than you can see on the horizon, if the velocity's high enough. Does this mean air support would be crucial in relaying information about targets below the horizon and that the naval ships can technically hit ships that have no way of retaliating.

Re:Range? (-1, Troll)

greymond (539980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498917)

it means we don't have to see the faces of that pregnant chick or little boy in their back yard, as wel fry the fuck out of them....my tax dollars at work...yay :/

Re:Range? (2, Insightful)

Marko DeBeeste (761376) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498989)

Been able to fire over the horizon since WWII.

Re:Range? (1)

ek_adam (442283) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499062)

Make that WWI.

I love this quote (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498908)

"Our bottom line is that if we can put millions of joules of energy onto a target, something will happen."

Indeed.

but how much longer until.... (1)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498910)

the army starts giving soldiers the BFG2k as standard operating gear?

Best quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498924)

"Our bottom line is that if we can put millions of joules of energy onto a target, something will happen."

Mr Rumsfeld = Dr Evil? (4, Funny)

fluke_finder (708045) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498925)

I want ships...ships with freakin lasers!

FYI from a Navy employee... (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498930)

..."DD" designation (such as DDG) implies that destroyers, not firgates (perhaps both, I suppose) will be fit with these devices.

Self pre-emptive spelling nazi-ing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498969)

...err, that would, of course, be FRIGATES. :)

Re:FYI from a Navy employee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498998)

I thought it was spelled "frigates", not "firgates"? However, any chance that I doubted you were in the Navy, have since evaporated.

Re:FYI from a Navy employee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499041)

You lose, I already corrected myself. [slashdot.org]

Re:FYI from a Navy employee... (2, Interesting)

applemasker (694059) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499031)

I thought the same thing, but it turns out the the DD(X) program is a Multi-Mission Surface Combatant [globalsecurity.org] . Seems to blur the distinction between destroyers and frigates altogether.

mmmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498931)

~
give all
god
~

Ok lets goto war!!

Best Quote.. (0)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498938)

Shows the navy sure has some humor left..

"Our bottom line is that if we can put millions of joules of energy onto a target, something will happen."

Hell Yeah!! Lets line up Osama and his cronies..

Multi-Kill!!!!

Re:Best Quote.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499011)

..Lets line up Osama and his cronies..
Yea, but lets find him first?

Don't let them fire the rail gun!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498941)

Ah yes, Enemy Territory just rang through my head after reading that blurb. As long as you keep MGers healthy and shooting under the track, they'll have a very difficult time firing the railgun.

Other than that, enjoy.

2011? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498942)

These pieces of shit have been in development for over 20 years and they've been nothing but trouble. The rail melts after one shot, the projectile melts in mid air, they need giant generators, blah, blah, blah. it's a crappy gee-wiz technology. go navy!

and no, this was not a troll, it's just a negative criticism of the navy and its new technologies.

Re:2011? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498992)

are you stupid? using a properly designed SABOT you can make a rail gun fire many times before havingto replace the rails and it has ZERO effect o nthe projectile if properly desiged.

wow... you are simply someone who is not only stupid, but has no idea as to what you are talking about.

Re:2011? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499066)

nope, projectiles are still melting, rails are still melting. is your "properly designed SABOT" in production, or are you still talking about it loudly at meetings?

pumping billions to kill dozens (0, Troll)

boulat (216724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498944)

back in 70's they spent trillions of dollars on ICBMs.. and today we have an ever-growing desire to develop more efficient weapons of mass destruction..

i wonder if people gone mad.

Uh. Thoses ICBMs helped fall the USSR. (0, Flamebait)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499023)

While the Euroweenies were wailing, Reagan, with the blessing of the Pope, put those ICBM's at the Russian's back door.

If Rail Guns can facilitate the fall of Islam or the ChiComs then bravo.

Re:pumping billions to kill dozens (2, Insightful)

althalus (520424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499032)

Actually, they are specifically trying not to be WMD's. They are trying to localize it as much as possible. Consider it a sniper vs the old ICBM's massive destruction. Take out what matters, and avoid hurting others.

They are trying to develop more efficient weapons.

Another source, details, not crashing yet (5, Funny)

richardbowers (143034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498945)

Other sites [navyleague.org] are also covering this -- without needing to use acrobat reader.

I can't read the original, but according to the link I'm including, they're not just talking railguns - they're also talking free electron lasers and masers. Now, if only they'd provision a banana-fana-fo-faser, we'd be set.

Re:Another source, details, not crashing yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499015)

I must be missing something. That link's in the article, see the 'been busy' link?

Actually, I'm fairly sure i'm not missing anything but someone else is :)

Re:Another source, details, not crashing yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499039)

+5, Star Munchkin [sjgames.com] reference!

Why wait till 2011! (5, Interesting)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498947)

Build your own railgun Today! [scitoys.com] Kids love this one!

Holy crap.. (2, Insightful)

euxneks (516538) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498953)

Is anyone else scared shitless by the incredible power the US is pumping into their weapons? Is there even any country in the world that can match this type of military power?

Just a thought.

No (1, Funny)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498978)

We're the best.

China (2, Informative)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499006)

See subject if you're wondering why the Navy feels the need to develop/deploy such a weapon.

Much of the US military now focuses on China as their new "war game" adversary. China, of course, is focused on Taiwan with its war games [bbc.co.uk] . Of course, the rail guns might be a little late, since China wants to get Taiwan back by 2010 [google.com] .

Re:Holy crap.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499012)

Um, Hopefully and That's the point.

Re:Holy crap.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499047)

You could just throw manpower at the problem. China has a lot of people...

Re:Holy crap.. (1)

TruenoSuave (675729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499050)

No & No.

If it is anything like the Missile shield (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499056)

It will be a total flop. A missile system that is supposed to protect the US but needs listening posts in the EU for it to work, which wouldn't be protected by the shield.

What will happen is the budget will be overrun, and all of bushes friends in the Carlyle Group will get that bit richer.

Obligatory "build-your-own-railgun-link" (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498960)

check out voltsamps.com [voltsamps.com] on how to build your own railgun

Arms Race / EMF (2, Interesting)

drenehtsral (29789) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498966)

Man, this just doesn't sound good. I mean, this is going to lead to a new arms race, etc... Lots of paranoia, military spending, national debt, etc... Oh, joy.

My other question is how well shielded are these things? What does it do to the gunners to be near one of these things when it discharges? How strong is that magnetic field? I know for instance that machinists can't get MRI scans of their head because the magnets will pull little metal fragments out of their faces in a painful / vision endangering manner.

The military doesn't have a stellar record when it comes to safety/health in deploying new weapons. Look at Agent Orange, Depleted Uranium, and the atomic bomb.

Re:Arms Race / EMF (1)

Thrakkerzog (7580) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499025)

Who cares? By the time they learn the consequences of the weapons, the people firing them will be long dead, and new weapons will be available by then. They just have to keep the information classified long enough so that no family member can collect.

I love this quote (4, Funny)

Botunda (621804) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498967)

"Our bottom line is that if we can put millions of joules of energy onto a target, something will happen."

Well no shit. Really?

I love my country. I hate what we have let it become

Respawn (5, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498968)

Well that's neat but I'm still not joining the army until they invent the respawn point.

Re:Respawn (5, Funny)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499018)

Well that's neat but I'm still not joining the army until they invent the respawn point.

According to the commander in chief and his advisors, there already are two respawn points: heaven and hell. Supposedly allies respawn in heaven, opfor respawn in hell.

Other issues at stake? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9498983)

Has anybody ever thought about a precision weapon from 250 miles away could do? Talk about bringing new meaning to the words decapitative strike... Imagine someone assassinating a world leader from 250 miles away, possibly in another country. How would we protect against it? (Assuming the person had a straight shot...)

Ah well I didn't read it too much, so I guess one of you guys can correct me ;)

Re:Other issues at stake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499007)

yea... try to get a clear path at a human target 250 miles away... this is designed to take out slow moving target like tanks or immobile targets. one shot from this will make 1 ft thick armor explode. not just penetrate it, explode it.

Re:Other issues at stake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9499046)

Ah.. but what if someone from a high vantage point could get that kind of an angle, is it really that infeasible?

I lost the keys.... (1)

CMRichar (610129) | more than 10 years ago | (#9498994)

so, umm.. how long until the USNavy decides to mount a rail gun on a bipedal robot with nuclear launch capacity? In Alaska? I want my own Metal Gear....

An Interesting Technology (3, Insightful)

spidergoat2 (715962) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499002)

Interesting, yet so Cold War oriented. This will stop terrorists, how?

Railguns? (1)

KrisCowboy (776288) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499004)

Been playing too much quake lately
Major: "I don't date losers. I frag 'em"
Does anyone else find Major sexy? I like her when she say's the above line

steel beams from space? (3, Interesting)

johnpaul191 (240105) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499010)

there was something on some show on Discovery (i think?) about how there is interest in basically dropping large steel rods from really really really high up and use some minimal navigation..... the idea is that they would fly like a "smartbomb" and when going at their terminal velocity (or however fast they can get) they don't even need explosives to cause massive destruction apon impact.....

did i dream this? i don't think so but i guess it's possible. then again i didn't think rail guns or private space flights were coming anytime soon either.

Could this gun be used to shoot stuff into orbit? (2, Insightful)

cbraga (55789) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499014)

Or, to hit stuff in orbit?

pretty impressive use of Kinetic Energy (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499017)

The article says the rounds from these railguns can penentrate a target pretty deep and can bore a 10 feet hole in a surface. This is pretty serious damage considering that explosives can be done away with - something tells me that future war would/should be fought with conventional weapons which do damage purely based on the speed of the projectiles and spare the world from collateral damage resulting from the use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Ideally, there should be no war but don't the big guns (no pun intended) believe that peace is a break in between wars?

An interesting read about the future of war [popsci.com] here!.

So, um (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Cowpat (788193) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499028)

how are they planning to generate that much power?
7.5 Megawatts output from the generators, but the ship is using some of that

Either, they just fire it straight from the socket and all the lights go out.
Or, they have a very big bank of capacitors.
Or, they have a homopolar generator.

I'm hoping for the massive spinning disk, but that could be a pain to use if the ship is under attack.

Perhaps it'll hail a new age for dreadnoughts, with the range upped somewhat!

Yeah, but... (5, Funny)

LesPaul75 (571752) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499044)

The range of these rail guns is estimated to be over 250 miles.

Yeah, but at that distance, the enemy will be smaller than a single pixel... you won't even be able to see him behind your little aiming dot.

Leaving the term "Superpower" behind. (4, Insightful)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499048)

I was created a few years ago, but it seems to apply more and more. America is leaving the classification of "superpower" behind and moving towards what can be defined as a "hyperpower".

Many new weapon systems currently deployed or being staged for deployment are many years advanced, even decades, compared to other nations that it begs to question.

Will the US be perceived more as a threat to the world or will the world be perceived as less of a threat to the US. There is a distiction there that might escape people.

The NAVY is moving their big obvious targets further out of range of land based weaponary while also developing non-interceptable technologies (as in very fast projectiles ala a RG). The Air Force is set to deploy the F22 which is literally can fight a squadron of previous generation fighters on its own. With GPS guided everything it puts a big stand off range.

The only wrench in the scenarios, is how do you protect your populace versus terrorist who don't play by normal rules? Will it come down to holding "terrorist" countries hostage to the actions of a few of their people or the groups they support?

Scary times.

anyone know (1)

tr0p (728557) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499060)

if they use these things to swat aircraft or is this ship-to-ship weaponry?

Weird (2, Funny)

daehrednud (627171) | more than 10 years ago | (#9499069)

I deployed rail guns in Quake almost a decade ago.
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