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basin79 #1 Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

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Really interesting and impressive. 

 

http://news.sky.com/...un-tested-by-us



Yag0 #2 Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:17 PM

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They don't seem to mention that the gun is made in UK :p

_Antipathy #3 Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

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View PostYag0, on 08 April 2014 - 12:17 PM, said:

They don't seem to mention that the gun is made in UK :p

 

That's not important



Woody1999 #4 Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:30 PM

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Awesome. Looks like a replacement for the KV-1S gun for when it gets "nerfed".

 

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Ohaithar #5 Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:34 PM

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Heh, and to think the first ones in business were the HVL and EHVL, but they're made to test tantalum spaced armor so that satellites can withstand hypersonic meteorites. Plus they fire .50 cal balls at 3k m/s for the HVL and 3.4k m/s for the EHVL (high-hypersonic barrier to pass you know).

 

But yeah, that's impressive. Of course, it's BAE, the guys that brought you ADAPTIV. Explains why it's a radical design.



soolerman #6 Posted 09 April 2014 - 04:55 AM

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Future? Really? Seems to me I remember seeing rail guns in my physics class back in the early 80's and I know for a fact the father worked on systems for the MOD about the same time.

Krogenator #7 Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:17 AM

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I have seen it a few times before but I will admit it is a interesting weapon,using kinetic energy as a weapon is not compleatly new though.

 

There are were already plans by some scientists to use a concrete filled bomb 4 times the size of the "(22000 pounds)Grand Slam" as they would be relatively cheap to make but still pack enough punch to break true some of the thickest bunkers.Lack of accuracy and a plane capable of carrying it was the main reason it was never made during WW2.

In modern day though there are loads of kinetic bombs being used,but having weapons using only electrical energy to deliver the projectile will be fine for ships though but try to fit that thing into a tank and you have a problem.

Same goes for lasers,the smallest mobile combat laser system out there is in a 747 and it has a effective range of 200-300km(against fuel tanks) but they are hoping to get it up to 600km.

 

It is still interesting to see how much of science fiction will make it into the real world.I mean we already have lasers,rail guns, killing robots(the killing is still controlled by humans but who knows how long that will last) and teleporters (only capable of teleporting electrons at the moment) so I am still waiting for people to break the warp bubble problems.



Ohaithar #8 Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:54 PM

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View Postsoolerman, on 09 April 2014 - 05:55 AM, said:

Future? Really? Seems to me I remember seeing rail guns in my physics class back in the early 80's and I know for a fact the father worked on systems for the MOD about the same time.

 

Back in the day though, those were mainly used to imitate meteors. The latter can reach hypersonic to high hypersonic speeds, and even higher. Developing a railgun was vital in order to properly test hull durability, otherwise it will result in millions lost due to not having adequate shielding. It's only quite recently where the railgun has been considered as something the military would use on a daily basis.






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