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Re: Go Navy!

Postby Diogenes » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:12 am

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Re: Go Navy!

Postby choff » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:30 am

What happens to rail gun if struck by lightning?
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Re: Go Navy!

Postby ladajo » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:32 am

Nothing.

First warship install will be a roll on kit for probably an amphib. The first actual warship install is more than likely going to be the last Zumwalt build (or two if we get really lucky).
The next best chance would be a Flt. III DDG build with 4160 infrastructure.

One can assume Railgun in the warfight mix after 2020. It will change many things, not only how we fight, but also how others seek to defend. A lot of sites will move away from the coasts to get 100nm or more inland. Other sites will become pop-up hardened where-as today they are not.

The only real problem I see right now with railgun is the cyclic rate. it is going to be hard to hit some targets with unguided or dumb rounds with the currently envisioned cyclic rate. We need to step that up. Much easier on smaller rated mounts. The 64MJ mount is going to be problematic with that for a while. Probably only good against slow or fixed targets.
What I really want to see is one that can reach escape velocity. It will completely change the space fight.
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Postby GIThruster » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:04 am

Any idea how far off guided rail munitions are?
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Re: Go Navy!

Postby D Tibbets » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:42 am

Rail guns is a game changer. Recovering Russian and Chinese navies can lead to agressive behavior by their leaders. US Navy still leads in many areas but the differences are shrinking. If you wish to intimidate (call it diplomacy if you wish) potential enemies you can do so with either quantity or quality. Both cost money.

In this the rail gun is a game changer as it not only has the potential large technical advantages, it has a per hit/shot cost that may be much cheaper than current front line missles. Of course no body is advertizing the costs of the overall system.

The big news now is not the continuing laboratory development of the system, but that it has reached a stage where a prototype ship born system will go to sea in two years. Reportably this gun will throw a 24 lb round over 100 miles miles at a muzzle speed of ~ mach 7. This would be ~ 7700 ft/ s or ~5,000 miles per hour. Not only can it reach a far distance with sufficient retained velocity to do major damage, it can climb very high, perhaps higher than the most missiles except those dedicated to exo-atmospheric interception. These missiles are very expensive and few in number. Having a gun that can fire dozens of rounds at a ballistic warhead at altitudes of perhaps over a hundred thousand feet of altitude goes a long way towards voiding the advantages of these attack modes that Russia and China has been persueing vigorously.

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Re: Go Navy!

Postby paperburn1 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:08 pm

With a few tweaks we already have a guided version by lazing or GPS.
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