posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 03:56 AM
I don't know if this would actually work or not, but I think it would. The problem with traditional artillery is that as the round travels up the
barrel, pressure is reduced, so the initial push is most of your force.
Super guns, such as the Germans aimed at Britain, and the Iraqis were building to fire on Israel, use a high pressure blast of air to build pressure
in the barrel continuously, all the way until the round comes out.
So... Mortars and howitzers ought to be equipped to link up with portable air compressors to increase their range. It would take VERY powerful
compressors, which might not be practical in all situations, but in others this would provide a decent boost to artillery range without the expense of
Now, remember those magalors (spelling?) they used in saving private ryan? the big tubes full of grenades that are used for clearing obstacles and
creating defilade? I think they ought to have tubes like those full of mangesium, but desgined to flare up somehow, which can be implaced ahead of
your positions and used to blind the thermal imaging of tanks or night vision devices. Your forces can coordinate their own fire using precise GPS
coordinates relayed by a next generation UAV. The result is that the enemy armor loses its range advantage over your infantry force, while you are
able to lay down accurate artillery and other fires the whole time they are advancing.
What about a synthetic super-fine dust designed to be dispersed in the air by aircraft that will hang in the air for a long period of time, and is
designed to screw up engines? My first couple of ideas are just simply that any thick dust would do it, but to compose it of a very small percentage
of some sort of sticky resin that would collect inside of an engine and not be expelled. The other idea would be to find a chemical that reacts badly
with diesel. I've heard that a chemical included in fiberglass repair kits, if poured into a gasoline tank, will from fiberglass in the gas tank.
However it is done, I believe it could be accomplished than a series of canisters dispersed over an area could disable vehicles on the battlefield,
stopping an enemy advance and leaving him exposed and vulnerable, or simply augmenting a light infantry force in defense against armor.
I assume a computer could plot the trajectory of incoming artillery and identify a small area of sky through which incoming rounds are falling. You
could then keep that area under heavy, constant fire from some form of heavy-metal flak, which could detonate the rounds much higher than intended and
short of their target. The same idea could protect a very important building from free-falling bombs.
This is going to sound really stupid I know, but what about munitions designed to disperse non-lethal bio weapons which the enemy would probaby write
off as bad field conditions. For example, an airburst shell that showered enemy lines with lice?
Thats enough for now. I've got more.
EDIT: This one just sort of had to be mentioned. If you soak asphalt in diesel fuel it crumbles. What if an even better solvent were developed though,
and used to erode the enemies infrastructure?
[edit on 27-6-2004 by The Vagabond]