Rail gun tech makes me want to work at +BAE Systems, Inc.

09 Apr 2014 admin In G+ Posts

Comments: 11

  1. Mike Thompson 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    I can't wait to see the videos from the on ship testing.  

  2. Brent Burzycki 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    This is a very interesting technology… No explosives needed just kinetic weapons in general are amazing at what speed and weight can do..

  3. Olav Folland 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    I can see this working best in a carrier, or a yet-to-be-announced nuclear-class destroyer.

    I got another neat-o thing for you +Brent Burzycki I'll tag you in when I post it.

  4. Brent Burzycki 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    +Olav Folland I would assume this would be deployed on a new destroyer… But it's not a huge weapon but I can only imagine the power requirements… New laser tech was just shown by Sandia I think.. Actually maybe LLNL cutting airborne based laser systems much more viable… I would not mind a 747 based missile killing laser based weapons system..

  5. Mike Thompson 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    We're getting into Real Genius territory here.

  6. Olav Folland 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    With both it's not the incident power, it's the charging power – how much juice you can throw at the cap banks to recharge them between cycles.  Without a huge power plant on a plane, it'd be about as effective as the laser in Real Genius – one shot, by the time it recharges you're almost home.

    The old "Star Wars" space-borne lasers to have some merit though – big laser, multiple cap arrays, and the thing just sits there right where you want it, primed until needed.  -Of course that's only valid for ICBMs, but in that case there's the double bonus of the missile getting to the slowest portion of its journey as it comes into range.

    S-S or A-S missiles are a biatch because they're so small.  If they're coming at you, you may only have an 8-10" profile to target on.  Why the "spray and pray" of the R2-D2 are pretty effective.

  7. Mike Thompson 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    SeaWiz is an awesome gun. Wall of lead that nothing gets through.

  8. Olav Folland 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    Depleted Uranium baby 😀

  9. Brent Burzycki 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    Nothing like DU rounds for a fun sunday afternoon…

  10. Brent Burzycki 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    +Olav Folland 


    They are trying to cut the size of that system in half with the new laser tech…

  11. Olav Folland 9 Apr 2014 Reply

    I remember that now that you mention it – still, requires it to be in the air already, you know?

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