posted on Nov, 13 2016 @ 01:18 PM
The "railgun" supposedly designed by BAE is feasible but not really a practical weapon. As usual the British design new weapons, but they never really
pass the combat test in the battlefield, except in very few exceptions. One of those being the SA80 assault rifle.
The problem with a railgun is that it requires huge electrical power, and it needs to be pointed and turned around like a cannon. On the other hand, a
VLS system will provide very quick launch capability to any direction and perfect self containment of the missile system into its launch tube
(silo-like). In short a railgun is a very complex, expensive and cumbersome system to mount on top of ships, while a VLS is extremely simple and
reliable in any circumstances, due to having a single moving part (the missile)