I made mention of operational rail guns from the 70's here;
posted on 10/13/2009 @ 05:48 PM this post
I was stationed at NAS Miramar in the 70's. Rail guns were in use, even if only experimentally back then. I've seen these things shooting straight
up and have wondered ever since, now I know.
From 1986 - 1999 Maxwell Technologies operated an Electric Gun Research & Development Facility (a.k.a. DNA 32-MJ Green Farm Test Facility), under the
direction of the Defense Special Warfare Agency, Allied governments and commercial organizations, where they tested a high-tech electromagnetic rail
gun that shot a large, plastic bullet-like projectile at extremely high velocities. The weapon was developed at Maxwell’s Kearny Mesa facility.
With a barrel about 38′ long, the rail gun used a quick burst of nitrogen to begin a series of electromagnetic pulses that would move a 9″
space-age plastic projectile, with a silver-plated base, through the barrel at a tremendous velocity that could penetrate tank armor. It is being
developed as a space-deployed gun that could shoot down objects, like missiles.
The gun is so powerful that a 1/5-scale test of the prototype shot through all of the sandbags and phone books placed to stop it — and went straight
into the foundation of the Maxwell building! The first test of the full-scale version ionized the air so much that radar went down as far away as
Lindburgh Field! Testing of the electromagnetic rail gun was subsequently moved to a remote New Mexico location
from the following:
When I\we first saw this thing in operation, I thought we were seeing UFO'S, only years later did I finally comprehend what we had witnessed. Keep
in mind, the only rail guns talked about publicly back then were sci-fi type affairs.
So I concur that yes, they have things that we don't even imagine right now.
this is the link to that thread. The link in prior quote is inactive try this one if
you care to read a little about the Green Farm.