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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today that they will begin testing an advanced Electromagnetic Railgun (EMR) within the next few weeks. The development and testing of this advanced EMR is the result of a $21 million contract awarded to BAE Systems by the Office of Naval Research roughly two years ago. For those that may not know, the ONR is the office within the United States Department of the Navy that facilitates all science and technology programs for the U.S Navy and Marine Corps through various institutions, such as universities and government laboratories.
Originally posted by xXxinfidelxXx
reply to post by Bilder
We'll see how much you like it when YOU are the poor unfortunate target. Seriously, do you even realize what these machines of death do? I can't stand it when civvies look at military equipment with googly eyes and oohs and ahs. They are tools that are used to kill or aid in the killing. I don't expect you to understand something that you haven't learned of with your own eyes, what with the state of the education system and all, but military groupies really piss me off. Do you not realize that the first casualty of war is truth? Just think of the people this will be used on as people just like you and I and I'm sure the picture will become clearer. Our enemies are only so because that is what we were told to believe. As far as I'm concerned, the whole MIC can go straight to hell.edit on 10/2/2012 by xXxinfidelxXx because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Trueman
Navy goes eco with a zero emission gun, one more step to a green war. Mother Nature will be happy.
The ships would be a fraction of the size because this wouldn't blow the whole ship sideways every time a set of them fired.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I can sure see a new breed of Battleship being produced that are created around a couple batteries of these guns. What a thought. The ships would be a fraction of the size because this wouldn't blow the whole ship sideways every time a set of them fired. The range would make the old 'battle wagons' look like coastal patrol boats. 100+ Miles is just incredible to imagine if it carried tight accuracy. Wow....
Scale this up large enough and you could even launch small packages into space, I'll bet. It's been researched to death in conventional "gun" forms...but electro-magnetic guns could achieve speeds so far beyond what's been possible before, it could work I suppose. Hmm... What a fascinating technology to watch develop.
Originally posted by ErtaiNaGia
Interestingly enough, Rick Robinson's First Law of Space Combat states that "An object impacting at 3 km/sec delivers kinetic energy equal to its mass in TNT."
So, in the future, Railgun projectiles wouldn't be explosive, because that would be superfluous.
Originally posted by gort51
Its a big version of the Metal Storm Electric guns.
Australian ingenuity at its best....then sold to the Americans.edit on 10-2-2012 by gort51 because: added extra link