posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 03:29 AM
reply to post by mwc273
When I was stationed at Osan, AB in South Korea in 2000, the South Korean military had about half a dozen pre-positioned 20mm ground-based gatling
guns (though I believe they were the manned variety).
Imagine having that kind of weapons platform with railgun technology that could fire even larger projectiles at supersonic speeds.
Alot of stuff is being developed that doesn't get much press, if any, and for good reason.
MLRS technology now has GPS guided rocket capability. Cannons are already developed that automatically re-load themselves and can be
computer-operated. Artillery technology is now developed and tested that is GPS guided. This is only the stuff we know about too. (I do watch
The more unmanned technology we can develop, the less we put our soldiers in danger.
Training technology that has been developed under various government contracts over the years is staggering alone. We now have the capability to,
quite literally, put soldiers in a tank or hum-v and have a 360 degree virtual battlefield to train in that is so life-like it's scary. Soldiers can
be put into various battlefield scenarios with a few clicks on a computer. They can even make the weapons pneumatically operated to simulate the
actual sound of the weapon being discharged.
The only problem I see with electrically initiated projectiles (the second video) is that the system still requires reloading regardless of its rate
of fire. As far as being used as an automated sentry platform, I could maybe see that being more feasible. However, we already have this kind of
automated sentry technology that packs much more of a whallop.
I once saw a weapons platform that is essentially the size of a large refrigerator. The last I heard It was still being developed, but it can fire
anti-tank missiles once it knows a target is within range. It is both an unmanned computer and a launcher. Satellite, air, or ground-based
reconnaisance can provide the system with information like size, speed and direction of the target. It can be strategically placed on the battlefield
via helicopter and it doesnt' have to be manned. That's a pretty amazing marriage of concept between a proven weapon and today's technology.