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Rail Gun Pumps Rounds At Swarms
DoD Buzz ^ | Greg Grant

Posted on 05/06/2010 3:45:15 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

One of the more intriguing technologies spotted at this week’s Navy League Sea-Air-Space Expo was General Atomics’ electromagnetic rail cannon. The company has been working for a number of years with the Office of Naval Research on a 200-nautical mile gun system. In a parallel effort, they’ve been developing a smaller, pulse-power technology demonstrator, called the Blitzer, for ship defense against anti-ship cruise missiles and small boat swarms.

Two million amps launch a guided projectile at twice the speed of a conventional gun, but at much lower cost than the usual surface-to-air missile systems on most naval ships. General Atomics is working on a cannon that can launch an airburst round at a rate of one per second. Each round dispenses sub-projectiles, so its equivalent to firing 14,000 rounds a minute, which is a higher rate of fire than the Phalanx close-in weapons system, says Tom Hurn, General Atomics director of advanced weapons systems.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; cannon; electromagnetic; firepower; generalatomics; navyrailgun; projectile; railcannon; railgun; usn; usnavy

1 posted on 05/06/2010 3:45:16 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

I want one.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 3:47:22 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: sonofstrangelove

Two million amps.

Wow!


3 posted on 05/06/2010 3:50:19 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Is there any secret project whatsoever these days?

We have known about these weapons for some time, but it drives me crazy to see them talked about so casually in the media. Sure we’re working on them. Do we need to make announcements every step of the way?

I’m not addressing your post here at all, but loose lips sink ships.

Why put out so much information so other nations can be forewarned about what they need to circumvent to attack us?


4 posted on 05/06/2010 3:50:42 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

5 posted on 05/06/2010 3:52:46 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: LouAvul
here
6 posted on 05/06/2010 3:53:09 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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7 posted on 05/06/2010 3:54:09 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

When I was in the Navy, part of the justification for retiring the Battleships was that this technology would be available on ships soon making them obsolete.

Well, still not deployed.

We effectively need all the 5” guns replaced with Rails and we need this type of Medium Range Anti-Missile capability less than we need the replacement of the main guns.

Without the Battleships, we have a large chink in our armor.


8 posted on 05/06/2010 4:01:33 PM PDT by dila813
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To: LouAvul
Rods TO God?
9 posted on 05/06/2010 4:02:13 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Yeah, but, can it cook eggs and bacon in less than 10 seconds ?


10 posted on 05/06/2010 4:03:17 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Probably has one of those internal safety locks and only shoots micro etched ammo.

11 posted on 05/06/2010 4:04:27 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: DoughtyOne
" Is there any secret project whatsoever these days?"

One would think that it's past the development stage and possibly already operational.
One would think that once the public is aware of it, it's already been in use and other projects are " Secret "
12 posted on 05/06/2010 4:05:27 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I think that’s a reasoned observation. Once operational, I still don’t see the need to spell out for our enemies what our resources are. I’m not trying to be combative with you based on your observation though. Take care.


13 posted on 05/06/2010 4:08:01 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: mgstarr

From the look of that picture, it can hit it’s target 100-200 miles away in a direct trajectory ( no ark ) and hit fast.


14 posted on 05/06/2010 4:08:39 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: DoughtyOne
I agree with you 100 % , no need for our enemies to know about what we have and how many.
15 posted on 05/06/2010 4:11:32 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Glad I am on our side.


16 posted on 05/06/2010 4:13:42 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: American Constitutionalist

Thanks for the note of agreement.


17 posted on 05/06/2010 4:14:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Hard to sell to our enemies if they don't know about them. remember we're a “global economy” now...
18 posted on 05/06/2010 4:15:24 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Why put out so much information so other nations can be forewarned about what they need to circumvent to attack us?

The same thing with terrorists. They tell every secret of how they captured the guy, what mistakes he made, and why his bomb wasn't any good.

Why can't they STFU about some of this??

19 posted on 05/06/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Is there any secret project whatsoever these days?

FYI,,,, I personally knew of someone working on this type of project at Eglin AFB 20 years ago, this is not new technology.

20 posted on 05/06/2010 4:23:17 PM PDT by 2aberro
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To: sonofstrangelove

I want to see development of a railgun that launches nuclear weapons.


21 posted on 05/06/2010 4:24:01 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: sonofstrangelove

bump


22 posted on 05/06/2010 4:24:21 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: VaRepublican

LOL


23 posted on 05/06/2010 4:24:42 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Exactly! The other night they were saying how lame it was that he didn’t provide shrapnel materials like bolts and things, to cause more damage.

I’m sitting there with my jaw dropped, thinking I’d like to hit the announcer in the head with a hammer.

“Well they had a nuclear weapon, but they forgot this one little piece or it would have worked. Go to www.?????.com. We have a diagram there for you to review”


24 posted on 05/06/2010 4:27:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

“Two million amps.”

Adding power to the old adage that its not the watts that kills you, its the amps.


25 posted on 05/06/2010 4:31:06 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Now that’s a fun job. “She blowed up Reeeel good!”


26 posted on 05/06/2010 5:02:04 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Leo Farnsworth
You gotta wonder what the fuse looks like on that suckah!
27 posted on 05/06/2010 5:02:47 PM PDT by Erasmus (Looks like we're between a lithic outcropping and a region of low compressibility.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
These things are old news. I remember reading about them half a century ago in a publication called Astounding.
28 posted on 05/06/2010 5:51:47 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: mgstarr
It can fire to the horizon in 6 seconds?

Soooo... ~= 23 miles in six seconds.

No kidding it doesn't need explosives. Anything it hits will itself become an explosive.

I wouldn't want to be inside a mile or two of whatever gets hit with something traveling that speed. That projectile would blow a blacksmith's anvil to pebble sized fragments and launch them a mile in all directions, I bet.

29 posted on 05/06/2010 5:53:31 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: driftdiver
the old adage that its not the watts that kills you, its the amps.

the old adage that it's not the volts that kills you, its the amps.

30 posted on 05/06/2010 6:55:57 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

ack, I screwed it up trying to be funny


31 posted on 05/06/2010 7:06:00 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

That projectile would blow a blacksmith’s anvil to pebble sized fragments and launch them a mile in all directions, I bet.

Maybe not; it might just go through the anvil. {and spew a lot of molten-iron out the ‘exit wound.’}


32 posted on 05/06/2010 7:32:48 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

“Catapultam habeo. (I have a catapult. Unless you)
Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, give me all the money, I will)
ad caput tuum saxum immane (throw an enormous rock at your head)
mittam.”


33 posted on 05/06/2010 7:41:28 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I did some thinking about what would likely happen, and I still think that cast iron anvil would be shattered and blown to Hell and gone.


34 posted on 05/06/2010 8:17:34 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

>Obama’s policies may spur nuclear proliferation

Looks like we have a situation in need of a field test. ;)


35 posted on 05/06/2010 8:25:17 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

...sorry, I apparently only pressed Ctrl and didn’t hit the ‘C.’


36 posted on 05/06/2010 8:26:13 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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