posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 02:57 AM
Originally posted by SiRiNO
A laser in use would look pretty cool, but you cant beat the insane speed of a railgun projectile
Last I heard they had mounted an experimental railgun on a battleship, pretty big.
In the spirit of "Deny Ignorance", I'm going to have to step in at this point.
A laser in use wouldn't look like anything, assuming that it was working efficiently. Unless you were the target, you wouldn't see anything other
than atmospheric scattering from the beam. If too much of the energy is being scattered, you get a cool look, but an ineffective weapon. If very
little of the energy is being scattered, you get no look at all, unless you're the target, and in that case, you're probably blind at best and crisp
at worst. Regardless of the amount of scattering, nothing can beat the insane speed of a laser beam (186,282 miles / sec)...particularly not a rail
gun (6,000 meters / sec, give or take).
If you can find a citation for the mounting of an experimental railgun aboard a battleship, I'd appreciate you posting it. There are no battleships
currently in service, and as far as I (or Norman Friedman) knows, no railguns were ever mounted aboard the Iowa class. You might be confusing
'battleship' with the Navy's *desire* to *eventually* mount a railgun aboard future descendants of the "DDX", but those desires are based on the
increasingly slim possibility that DDX becomes an actual fleet element of any size.