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Originally posted by raptor1
as to why we need such a powerful weapon, one word: China.
the biggest problem with rail-guns, as cool as they are, is that they've struggled for years on making them reliable.
as of right now they get one maybe two shots out of it before they have to do serious maintenance. the thought of having some, whether on the ground, sea or space is pretty awesome. kinetic weapons are the way to go because they don't require anything that will blow up (especially important in ships and ground vehicles) personally i wouldn't mind having a few in our inventory
And since a kinetic weapon without any guidance package is a lot cheaper than a missile, there's much less worry about the value of the target or wasted shots.