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Postby kunkmiester » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:47 am

I would point out that these things will create quite the shockwave when they hit, so a pile of them coming in will be very discouraging to infantry. At extreme range they'd be an area affect weapon anyway.

Also, these will be packing a bit more energy than a 100mm/5 inch gun, so you don't need so many. The fire rate isn't so much number of rounds on target, but the energy on target. High ROF will do that, but a bigger gun with a bigger "bullet" will too.
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Postby GIThruster » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:03 am

US Navy is already shooting their third generation of guided rounds from their 5" guns. This is important when trying to hit a ship, and necessary when trying to hit a tank. The rail guns are not shooting molten anything. The projectile would fly apart if it were molten. They're currently shooting solid block penetrators, which are fine for hitting ships but guided they're much more deadly. And yes, I'm pretty sure the current 5" guns are capable to shoot high explosive rounds against infantry. This is one of the biggest points for a gun that shoots 110 miles--it can be used like artillery without all the logistical support of moving Paladins into a conflict area.

Last I recall we used ships for artillery was in the early 80's in Lebanon, the USS New Jersey kicked as with her 16" monster cannons. I think they had a range of something like 23 miles. During the Lebanese conflict, the New Jersey was criticized for missing it's target at times up to 10,000'. That doesn't happen with modern, guided rounds. Also, IIRC, the current 5" guns have air-burst for anti-aircraft functions. USN might let that go with their missile ability, but I don't see much hope they'd settle for only solid penetrators. They really do need guidance and high explosive functions on a working railgun system.

Also note, the current 5" guns have a fire rate of 20 rounds/minute, so when the Navy says they need 10 rounds/minute from the railguns, they're already counting on more energy on target.
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Postby ladajo » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:06 am

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Postby ladajo » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:08 am

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Postby GIThruster » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:48 am

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Postby ladajo » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:24 am

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Postby ladajo » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:34 pm

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Postby GIThruster » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:15 am

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Postby ladajo » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:35 am

The development of atomic power, though it could confer unimaginable blessings on mankind, is something that is dreaded by the owners of coal mines and oil wells. (Hazlitt)

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Postby williatw » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:48 am


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Postby williatw » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:17 am

Just found this; Crap! what were they thinking:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/06 ... r-railgun/
Hope this doesn't stand, but given the defense cuts looming anyway it probably will.


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