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Because they travel so fast -- nearly Mach 7 -- the destructive force those rounds deliver would more than double, from 6.6 megajoules to 17. And they would fly almost five times farther -- up to 300 nautical miles. That's enough to put 100% of targets in North Korea "at Risk" from a single battleship
Originally posted by RedMatt
First off, this is my introductory post to ATS, so hello all.
2) Can these things cary a payload? The Navy's system proposes kinetic-energy damage only (no explosives) using a GPS/inertial guided tungsten "bullet." This has the advantage of a much simpler design and storage requirements.
However, it seems like these projecticles would become much more usefull/flexible if they included some form of seeker. Radar/IR would allow you to engage moving targets, such as aircraft/missiles, or destroy radar installations using passive radar homing (usefull for eliminating those pesky coastal radar positions). Alternatly use GPS to fly your projectile to the battlefield, and use laser guidance to drop it on a moving target (i.e. specific vehicles in a convoy).
3) Can we backfit railguns onto existing designs? We've got plenty of ships with 5" mounts (Burkes and Ticos) who's capabilities would be greatly enhanced by EM railguns... but would they fit?
Originally posted by Lonestar24
At the moment it is more interesting that these railguns work specifically WITHOUT explosives. The "shells" are mostly quite small, one project of DARPA is a railgun with only a small penetrator of 2kg mass - because the interesting thing IS the high velocity, and not the payload.
Explosives work on their own and they don´t need a railgun to be delivered, there is a gigantic arsenal of delivery method to choose from... artillery, mortars, naval guns, A2G missiles, cruise missiles, dumb/smart/floating/bunker buster bombs. making one for use with a railgun simply has no priority.
Another advantage of solid metal ammunition is that they are so much less hazardous to handle than explosive shells. Not to forget, my layman´s opinion tells me that it would be incredibly difficiult if not impossible to integrate a fuse and/or sophisticated electronic guidance system that could stand the incredible magnetic fields and the acceleration.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
Hello there! And welcome!
Ahh yes, Railguns, Railguns are very cool.
Ok now; There are actually working models of Railguns, different universities and laboratories around the country have built working models of railguns, just do some searches on the internet, I'm sure you'll find something, because I know I have.