posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 06:23 PM
Once perfected the metalstorm in my opinion should be applied to tanks, as i mentioned above. The tank is esentially a multirole platform: it holds
ground, fights other tanks, and has a phycological presence on the battlefield, etc.
The worst enemy of modern tanks is the anti-tank missile, if you take away the the missile in the equation you once again have the tank that played
such a vital role in wars such as ww2. Mines, cannons, and most aircraft would still be able to take them out, but every tank has always been
vulnerable to these weapons, but its very important to point out that it has always been hard for these weapons to effectively target and kill tanks,
except of course modern aircraft and attack helicopters. But with anti-air weapons along side, they would each provide the other excellent defense.
Alongside from protecting against such missles, the metalstorm can obviously provide offensive capabilities as well. The MS could be used to take out
attack helicopters that wander to close. They could also be used to actually take out most mines: have it shoot a straight path through the mine field
instead of having for the anti mine cobra shoot the long hose of explosives. They can dive right in without having to wait for one. The phsycological
effect is obvious as well, not too many grunts will keep their head up once the hear the buzz of the metal storm coming their way.
The logistics, once thought about, isnt too bad of a nightmare. The tank is made to carry its own weight. If it can hold a hundred rounds of assorted
cannon munitions, then it can definitely hold ten thousand bullets.
Though its role on a tank is very promising, one must remember that you have to keep it safe. It cannot stop an imcomng shell from another tank, and
all it takes is a direct hit on the system to tak it out( remeber it is a large number of barrels clusterd together). As long as it is protected,
maybe perhaps in its own turret, the tank can finally defeat its worst enemy the anti-tank missile.
The applications of this technology are endless...
Though these are just my thoughts and opinions.peace