Firing The BAE Electromagnetic Railgun

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago Science

The Navy test fires its futuristic prototype of an electromagnetic launcher...like a boss.
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Male 1,360
Yes! so much money, time and brains to create destructing machines. We`re screwed.
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Male 4,594
Cool.
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Male 10,339
"Until we figure out superconducting this will never be practical."

These are on ships now. They can fire over 125 miles and costs about 1/1000th the cost of a missile.
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Male 50
re: xelous - The projectile is fluttering back and forth because it has just punched through a concrete wall.
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Male 65
@thelonius If I understand it correctly, that`s not gas, but is actually plasma formed by the air being superheated as the projectile flies through it.
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Male 147
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

-Einstein
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Male 7,378
Until we figure out superconducting this will never be practical.
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Male 3,061
just got a massive chub.
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Male 2,513
The projectile flutters back and forth as it flys, would that be a step back in accuracy? Reminding me of smooth boar guns/cannons having the ball bouncing all the way down the firing chamber.
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Male 3,310
Isn`t that a lot of burning gas to be coming out of a railgun?
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Male 17,512
TheShmoo: Actually this gun is going on the new destroyers America is building.
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Male 3,745
"That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic."

say that to its face...while its firing >.>
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Male 14,775
Awwww, Brits gave the Americans a big toy gun to play with. How adorable.
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Male 2,345
Rail Guns = awesome.


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Male 341
That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic.
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Male 2,422
Better hope the other guy doesn`t have an aircraft carrier or you get too close to the coastline. His planes have more range than your cannons.
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Male 440
call me when the hand held version comes out!
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Male 4,431
@lorcan, while I agree that military spending is way out of bounds, this type of weapon system is significantly cheaper than traditional weapons not only R&D-wise, but especially considering the costs of the ammunition used as the projectiles are not explosives. And, with greater range. Read about it here.
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Male 6,737
@lorcan

It`s British made.
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Male 96
@lorcan

I think you have bad comparisons. One is for national defense I suppose, and the other is going against the constitution and pepper spraying innocent people. It is designed to kill, and if you think that being one of the worlds most powerful nations going gun-less and peaceful...well you won`t have to worry about it because the nation that takes you over won`t have that policy.
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Male 213
The first ship to get this on will become the new drednaught, and all other ships will become 10 minute ships.
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Male 6,737
Woooo British Aerospace!
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Male 186
Don`t believe for a second that at least China isn`t working on one too.
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Male 5
and more to the point why has all my swear words been changed to Drat and Poo lol. Drating wankers
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Male 506
I could swear I saw this video like a decade ago.
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Male 5
Why does IAB put this poo on their site with no irony. Some drating dumb ass US military waste of tax payers money, thats designed to kill. And on another day their preaching about drating wall street cops being out off order for pepper spraying protesters!!
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Male 911
@Kaagan friction between the projectile and the object.
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Male 1,627
where is the fire coming from?
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Male 14,330
Is this for use against missles or anything??
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Male 2,700
The smaller this gets, the more powerful it will become. The cool thing about rail guns is that they work off of Kinetic force. Imagine this on a battleship, firing a depleted uranium sphere no larger than a quarter. Imagine that sphere has enough stored energy after launch that it can nearly split a frigate in half at the keel.

These things are scary as hell. They will eventually become lightweight, low power and high velocity. In other words, WW3 is going to just be a meat farm.
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Male 3,578
just what we need more ways to kill each other
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Male 256
well, time to go empty my bank account
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Male 58
Strap it on a giant robot and hide in Alaska, quick!
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Male 36,558
Oh ya baby! Ooooo yaaaaa...
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Male 25,416
Awesome.... thats one way to blow stuff up! But the sound is sweet!
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Male 4,902
I`ll take 2
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Female 8,044
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