Source: The U.S. Navy [press release]
quote: ...while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons.
quote: Have there been many injuries because the missiles on board the ships have caused our service guys injury???
quote: Article says the shells can penertrate even the toughest tank armor. Wow... a single tank.
quote: So for decades the navy big gun ships are being decommisoned as big cannons are >typically< not needed in modern war.
quote: Gunpowder stills needs air to explode.
quote: Another thing here is that rail guns I don't think will need air to operate, it can be operated in a vacuum, I think. Gunpowder stills needs air to explode.
quote: Do you know how much a slender metal rod costs?
quote: A hefty throw is a few thousand orders of magnitude out!
quote: This Railgun can fire FAR beyond the visual horizon. So no, it's not a line of sight weapon.
quote: It just seems like a modern cannon to me. Like it states line of site is needed.
quote: Line of site is a problem with railguns, but the advent of drone sighting technology -- a key area of research at the U.S. Navy -- will likely nullify this disadvantage by the time the tech hits the high seas.
quote: I dare to assume you ignorant jackasses know that sky isn't empty. Once you fire this husk of metal, it keeps going till it hits something. That can be a ship, or the city behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years. If you pull the trigger on this, you're ruining someone's day, somewhere and sometime. That is why you check your damn targets! That is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution! That is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not "eyeball it!" This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!
quote: Instead, we just need a larger nuclear reactor on-board to power the rail-gun!Probably a better trade-off in the end, though.