News Watch: U.S. Navy shows off new weaponry

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  1. Tim

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    The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity. The railgun projectile instead gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second. The railgun has a range of 125 miles.

    “This is going to change the way we fight,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research.

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    The railgun’s prospective military advantage has made the developing technology a priority of hackers in China and Russia, officials said.

    Chinese hackers in particular have tried to penetrate the computer systems of the Pentagon and its defense contractors to probe railgun secrets, U.S. defense officials said.

    Defense planners believe the U.S. needs new military advances. Russia, for example, is believed to be developing longer-range surface-to-air missiles and new electronic warfare technology to blunt any forces near its borders.

    Prospects for an armed conflict among the great powers still seem remote. But for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Pentagon is again looking closely at responses to rising tensions with China and Russia.

    Military planners say the railgun would be useful if the U.S. had to defend the Baltic states against Russia, or support an ally against China in the South China Sea.

     
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    The Linear Induction Motor has been around for many years. Roller coasters are using the same tech to launch the train instead of using a steep hill.
     
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    Now we can kill people with the technology! Yay science!
     
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    Sure, show a diagram, now the secrets out of the bag.
     
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    Wow! New weapons that will never be used because our military has their hands tied behind their backs.
     
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    Another high tech weapon that can't kill an Isis guy in a city using 1960s technology.

    Does the military realize that we are fighting gang wars not country wars?
     
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    we should launch roller coasters at the enemy

    that would teach em
     
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    'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.'
     
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    Unfortunately, we need the capacity to do both.

    Our adversaries like China don't necessarily have the most sophisticated weaponry, but they are nevertheless intent on finding ways to deny us the ability to project our power - particularly our naval power - overseas. They have adopted and advanced the former Soviet strategy of attacking our ships with massive numbers of projectiles. Individually, these threats could be rather easily defeated. But the idea is to launch so many projectiles at one time that the ship's defenses would be overwhelmed. The technologies represented in weapons such as this rail gun (much like the parallel line of research occurring in the laser field) are being developed with an eye toward prevailing in the face of such an attack.
     
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    China isn't an adversary, we are their biggest export customer. A conventional war with a major established country these days has no endgame - the world economies are to interdependent.
     
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    Looks expensive.
     
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    How do you aim it?
    If its on a ship dont they have to point the entire ahip at the target and hope the sea is calm?
     
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    During the fifteen minute anticipated life span of surface ships in an all-out shooting war, I'm sure this will come in handy...
     
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    They need to spend some of that money to do something about their aging f18s that they can't get parts for. I read the other day only 1 in 4 of they Navy's aircraft are in good enough shape to be combat ready. 1 in every 2 are grounded or waiting on parts that pilots aren't getting enough seat time to be properly trained.
     
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    :D

    I would respectfully, but vociferously disagree. As things currently stand, you can make the argument that a synergistic(?) economic relationship exists between our two countries. But the only thing that is permanent is change. Certainly China's aggressive tendencies are being tempered somewhat by the self interest which they presently view as being better served by maintaining their economic ties with the U.S. But it's impossible to know just how long this relationship will continue to exist in its present form. And when the time for a shift does come, I can promise you'll be wanting to negotiate the terms of the new arrangement from a position of strength.
     
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    Uhh... The same way you aim the other turrets. It's not that big.
     
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    They installed these on the Zumwalt class destroyer, that the Navy just took possession of from the builder.

    It's coming out to San Diego before the end of the year. Looking forward to seeing this ship.

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    has china stole'd the designs yet?
     
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    WHoa, that thing is weird lookin! Sure have come a long way in the world of naval battle ships.