Source: The U.S. Navy [press release]
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.