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Date: 03/02/12 01:16 PM

37 Responses to Firing The BAE Electromagnetic Railgun

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8044 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    Link: Firing The BAE Electromagnetic Railgun - The Navy test fires its futuristic prototype of an electromagnetic launcher...like a boss.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
    4903 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm
    I`ll take 2
  3. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    Awesome.... thats one way to blow stuff up! But the sound is sweet!
  4. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    32823 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Oh ya baby! Ooooo yaaaaa...
  5. Profile photo of vizz
    vizz Male 18-29
    58 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    Strap it on a giant robot and hide in Alaska, quick!
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    tsheriff Male 18-29
    256 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    well, time to go empty my bank account
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3336 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    just what we need more ways to kill each other
  8. Profile photo of Steelgrid
    Steelgrid Male 30-39
    2700 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Is this for use against missles or anything??
  10. Profile photo of Kaagan
    Kaagan Male 18-29
    1599 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    where is the fire coming from?
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    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
    911 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    @Kaagan friction between the projectile and the object.
  12. Profile photo of lorcan
    lorcan Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    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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    Ruffiana Male 30-39
    506 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    I could swear I saw this video like a decade ago.
  14. Profile photo of lorcan
    lorcan Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    and more to the point why has all my swear words been changed to Drat and Poo lol. Drating wankers
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    ChrisP12 Male 40-49
    186 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    Don`t believe for a second that at least China isn`t working on one too.
  16. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    Woooo British Aerospace!
  17. Profile photo of TheShmoo
    TheShmoo Male 18-29
    213 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    The first ship to get this on will become the new drednaught, and all other ships will become 10 minute ships.
  18. Profile photo of Colors
    Colors Male 18-29
    96 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    @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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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    @lorcan

    It`s British made.
  20. Profile photo of SmagBoy1
    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
    4432 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    @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.
  21. Profile photo of Shelworth
    Shelworth Male 50-59
    385 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    call me when the hand held version comes out!
  22. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2422 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    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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    Buzzard250 Male 18-29
    342 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2345 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    Rail Guns = awesome.


  25. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14625 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    Awwww, Brits gave the Americans a big toy gun to play with. How adorable.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
    3745 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    "That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic."

    say that to its face...while its firing >.>
  27. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm
    TheShmoo: Actually this gun is going on the new destroyers America is building.
  28. Profile photo of thelonious
    thelonious Male 40-49
    3284 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    Isn`t that a lot of burning gas to be coming out of a railgun?
  29. Profile photo of xelous
    xelous Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    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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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    March 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm
    just got a massive chub.
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    madest Male 40-49
    7378 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 6:17 am
    Until we figure out superconducting this will never be practical.
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    FinkStinger Male 30-39
    147 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 8:38 am
    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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    AWalrus Male 18-29
    65 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 11:03 am
    @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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    simpletools Male 40-49
    50 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    re: xelous - The projectile is fluttering back and forth because it has just punched through a concrete wall.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    "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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    pmarren Male 40-49
    4575 posts
    March 5, 2012 at 9:34 am
    Cool.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
    1360 posts
    March 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    Yes! so much money, time and brains to create destructing machines. We`re screwed.

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