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Navy Electromagnetic Rail Gun Fires GPS Controlled Bullets at 5,600 mph
Gadizmo ^ | 2 August 2012 | R.J. Huneke

Posted on 08/03/2012 6:46:53 AM PDT by moonshot925

What navy would not want a two-foot-long GPS-guided bullet that can be fired from a gargantuan cannon built right into a warship?

Did you know that we already have bullets that can strike an enemy thirty miles away?

This new government project hopes to utilize the current artillery and rail guns aboard US warships, with just a minor tweaking: fast (5,600 mph), GPS-controlled, twenty plus pound bullets that can travel potentially hundreds of miles and strike with pinpoint accuracy.

Announced on July 19, the new program is called Hyper Velocity Projectile, and plans to build on such successes as the 5” Mark 45 Mod guns that already reach farther than 30 miles.

Missiles could very well be going the extinct way of the dinosaurs, as these colossal bullets will be much cheaper and safer to produce in massive quantities.

(Excerpt) Read more at gadizmo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bullets; hypersonic; navy; railgun
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This is game changing technology.

40 pound projectiles traveling at 8,210 feet per second to ranges of 50-100 nautical miles.

1 posted on 08/03/2012 6:47:06 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

I want one.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 6:48:29 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: moonshot925

—8,210 feet per second—

Crap! That’s faster than my Scion!


3 posted on 08/03/2012 6:50:12 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: moonshot925

I think there is a place or two in Iran that they could test these on.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 6:51:12 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Oppose Senate Amendment S.A. 2575! I need more than 10 rounds in my magazine.)
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To: moonshot925
What was that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that featured that gun that fired the projectile at "near light speed"?

That is what came to my mind.....

5 posted on 08/03/2012 6:52:12 AM PDT by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are, right next to the potatoes!)
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To: cuban leaf

Only up hill...


6 posted on 08/03/2012 6:53:09 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1291 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: China Clipper

I think it was “Eraser”.


7 posted on 08/03/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT by Crolis ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." -GKC)
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To: moonshot925

When this is fieldable, it changes the ballance between air and ground units.

This has been in the works for a long time, and is a primary driving force behind the push for the development of small, harder to detect and kill unmanned drones.


8 posted on 08/03/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: China Clipper

Eraser


9 posted on 08/03/2012 6:54:35 AM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: moonshot925

Bring on the Cylons!


10 posted on 08/03/2012 6:54:50 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (I won't vote for Romney, period. Voting for "the lesser of two evils" is still voting for evil.)
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To: China Clipper

11 posted on 08/03/2012 6:55:22 AM PDT by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are, right next to the potatoes!)
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To: moonshot925
". . . GPS Controlled Bullets . . ."

Now there's an Achilles heal . . .

12 posted on 08/03/2012 6:56:37 AM PDT by guitar4jesus (Biofuels, AGW, Globalism, Green Movement -- Strong Delusions! . . . . 2Thes 2:11)
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To: guitar4jesus
Whoops, "heel" . . . . Didn't get much sleep last night ;-)
13 posted on 08/03/2012 6:57:49 AM PDT by guitar4jesus (Biofuels, AGW, Globalism, Green Movement -- Strong Delusions! . . . . 2Thes 2:11)
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To: EEGator

I want a whole bunch!......


14 posted on 08/03/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: moonshot925

Yes, but does it use green energy?.............


15 posted on 08/03/2012 6:59:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: null and void

Imagine you are 20 miles from the landing point. I wonder what one of those things whizzing by a hundred feet over your head would sound like.


16 posted on 08/03/2012 7:00:08 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

You would not hear it...............


17 posted on 08/03/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: moonshot925

“........then steer that bad boy around the children smashing matchbox cars in the front yard and hit the right target inside the kitchen window . . . BOOM!”

So whadder they sayin’? Momma better learn to cook?


18 posted on 08/03/2012 7:03:31 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: moonshot925

That is 1/3 of the velocity needed to escape the gravity well. with more power and a longer rail we could take out satelites. Of course hitting them might be a little tricky.


19 posted on 08/03/2012 7:04:48 AM PDT by albionin (A gawn fit's aye gettin.)
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To: Red Badger

—You would not hear it...—

I mean as it streaks through the air, still 20 miles from it’s target. A large metal pojectile streaking through the air at many times the speed of sound would have to make one hell of a racket, preceded by a sonic boom, of course.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 7:08:42 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: albionin

There’s a pretty extensive literature on railgun satellite launch if you go through IEEE journals.

Also, surprisingly, quite a bit of work was done in the 80s on railgun terminal ballistic missile defense with guided projectiles.


21 posted on 08/03/2012 7:10:07 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: moonshot925
40 pound projectiles traveling at 8,210 feet per second to ranges of 50-100 nautical miles.

I recall reading elsewhere that these projectiles contain no explosive ordnance. Their destructive power comes from kinetic energy alone. As an Ordnanceman myself, this is interesting in that these projectiles could potentially be stored almost anywhere on a ship safely, rather than a handful of armored, floodable magazines. They could also be handled by many more crewmembers than just ordnance-qualified personnel.

22 posted on 08/03/2012 7:11:32 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: moonshot925

This will change deer hunting forever.


23 posted on 08/03/2012 7:12:26 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: cuban leaf

Lighting and thunder.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 7:17:28 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1291 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: EEGator

I’ll take two!


25 posted on 08/03/2012 7:18:42 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Ben Hecks

You won’t get much meat though.


26 posted on 08/03/2012 7:19:33 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: moonshot925
Thanks to the 1.2 million Chinese “diplomats” and “students” currently living in this country you can be sure that the “People's Liberation Army” got the plans for this weapon 15 minutes after they were finalized.
27 posted on 08/03/2012 7:20:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: cuban leaf

If it hit you, you would NEVER hear it.........;^)


28 posted on 08/03/2012 7:21:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Drew68

I’m wondering what the total footprint is to support one rail gun (energy source, supporting components, etc). Can it be put on a tank for example?


29 posted on 08/03/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Drew68
I recall reading elsewhere that these projectiles contain no explosive ordnance. Yes that is correct.
30 posted on 08/03/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Yes, a game changer.

These projectiles require no explosives, as the kinetic energy of impact dwarfs the power of any payload. If I’ve done my math correctly, a 40 lb projectile at these speeds has twice the kinetic energy of a 1600 lb shell at conventional speeds.

The magazine capacity of a ship is also much greater, as only the projectile is required. This will double or triple capacity by volume and weight.

This reintroduces the BB battleship as a naval combatant.

There is no defense against these arrows. The only option is to go after the archer.


31 posted on 08/03/2012 7:24:43 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Drew68
I recall reading elsewhere that these projectiles contain no explosive ordnance. Their destructive power comes from kinetic energy alone.

Aw,c'mon...where's the fun in that? Stick a small nuke on each one and start firing them at Bejing,Moscow,Tehran,Pakistan,Caracas,Berkeley and DC

32 posted on 08/03/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Red Badger

33 posted on 08/03/2012 7:25:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: lormand

No.


34 posted on 08/03/2012 7:26:08 AM PDT by Pecos ("We hold these truths to be self-evident ..... ")
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To: Ben Hecks; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: This will change deer hunting forever

The Navy Electromagnetic Rail Gun has entered... the forest--

My source at Bain Capitol says children, women and minorities... will suffer the most!

Don't forget the dear little deer, Harry... they may need the passing of an Obamamortuary Bill--

35 posted on 08/03/2012 7:26:42 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: moonshot925
What navy would not want a two-foot-long GPS-guided bullet?...

A navy that cannot afford $40 per gallon 'green' fuel?

36 posted on 08/03/2012 7:28:06 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: moonshot925

37 posted on 08/03/2012 7:28:16 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: MrEdd

“...and kill unmanned drones.”

I want one...


38 posted on 08/03/2012 7:28:48 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: cuban leaf
A large metal pojectile streaking through the air at many times the speed of sound would have to make one hell of a racket, preceded by a sonic boom, of course.

Actually it's followed by the sonic boom, but otherwise you're right.

39 posted on 08/03/2012 7:31:18 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: moonshot925
They should be able to take out ANY THING from a Low Earth Orbit on down!

Cruise missiles ~ kaput!.

Drones - kaput!

Fighter aircraft - kaput!

Bombers - kaput!

Tanks - kaput!

Bicycles - kaput!

And this stuff will only get better.

In large quantities; relatively inexpensive; launched from our ships anywhere on Earth; .....

40 posted on 08/03/2012 7:32:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ben Hecks
This will change deer hunting forever.

And eliminate steaks providing only cooked sausage and ground venison.

41 posted on 08/03/2012 7:33:07 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Gay State Conservative
“. . . and start firing them at Beijing,Moscow,Tehran,Pakistan,Caracas,Berkeley and DC.”

Not necessarily in that order!

42 posted on 08/03/2012 7:33:06 AM PDT by paratrooper82 (We are kicking Ass in Afghanistan, soon we will be home to kick some more Asses in Congress!)
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To: China Clipper

This is about 0.00008% of light speed.


43 posted on 08/03/2012 7:33:56 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1291 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Strategerist; Red Badger; SampleMan; Gay State Conservative

The new Zumwalt class DDG has an integrated power system that is capable of generating 78 MW, 10 times more than the Arleigh Burke which is only capable of generating 7.5 MW.

I wonder if the Zumwalt could handle a railgun in a future upgrade?


44 posted on 08/03/2012 7:36:41 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
Navy?

The Airforce has had this for YEARS!

Well since season 4-5....

45 posted on 08/03/2012 7:38:45 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: moonshot925

Rail gun? I’d be just as happy with the bug “shotgun” as indicated on the same website.

http://gadizmo.com/bug-a-salt-turns-extermination-into-a-sport.php


46 posted on 08/03/2012 7:44:01 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: EEGator

Is this covered by CCW?


47 posted on 08/03/2012 7:46:24 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: moonshot925

About a year ago, I was the guest of an official of a major university. Near his desk was a nicely mounted piece of one inch metal plate, about 10 inches square with a 5 inch hole blasted out of the middle. He said this was one plate out of a stack of a dozen or so that had been hit with an slug shot from one of their experimental electromagnetic cannons. He declined to give more details.


48 posted on 08/03/2012 8:07:06 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

Not that it won’t kill drones too, the point is that they will be harder to kill than manned jets, and.much cheaper. Plus, the pilot doesn’t die with a drone.

The exponentially best aerial defense against rail guns will be to avoid detection. Manned jets are just too big.


49 posted on 08/03/2012 8:32:52 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: albionin
Of course hitting them might be a little tricky.

I wonder. They would have radar, laser, and GPS aiming and tracking capability, plus advance knowledge of exactly how far the satelite is and exactly what direction and how fast it is moving. Also, satelites can not take evasive action.

50 posted on 08/03/2012 8:33:02 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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