Kinetic Energy Weapons - realistic battlefield option?

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February 15th, 2009   #1
Partisan
 
 

Kinetic Energy Weapons - realistic battlefield option? info


Chaps I've been wondering for a while as to how far the development of Kintetic Energy weapons have moved. I know that the USN has been testing the railgun, but wondered if anyone had heard who else is pushing forward with this? I remember being shown a video of Russians supposedly using them in Chechnya, several years ago.

Given the power required do you think that KE system is a realistic weapon of the future, if so how small will it get?
 
February 15th, 2009   #2
SHERMAN
 
 
What do you mean by KE? Many weapon systems employ KE today.


 
February 15th, 2009   #3
Partisan
 
 
Sorry, KE propelled, rather than chemical energy propelled weapon systems.
 
February 15th, 2009   #4
SHERMAN
 
 
oh, that makes better sens. you mean like in the movie "Eraser"? Those are actually electic energy based more than KE based...
 
February 15th, 2009   #5
Partisan
 
 
Yep, just like that, in fact that was what started the thread,c heck out the Arnie fan.

I've seen the videos of the railgun experiments, but they're 2-3 years old & I've heard nothing in the background, so I got to thinkingis there more out there that I'm not aware of - of course the answer is yes, but I'd still like to know.
 
February 15th, 2009   #6
Balkan-MiG
 
 
Anything that moves is using Kinetic Energy.

So the name is a bit stooged.
 
February 16th, 2009   #7
Partisan
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Balkan-MiG
Anything that moves is using Kinetic Energy.

So the name is a bit stooged.
True, but I was thinking more weapons powered by KE rather than using chemical propulsion.
 
February 16th, 2009   #8
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Partisan
True, but I was thinking more weapons powered by KE rather than using chemical propulsion.
The British issue PIAT during WW2 comes to mind.

It was fired by a spring and from what users told me, wasnt that effective.


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February 17th, 2009   #9
-- Dusty
 
 
I recall NASA had a thing about "magnetic rail cannons" some years back for a JIC scenario with asteroids. Using magnets to accelerate an item, whatever it may be, then launching it. I recall reading about it back in the early 80's, but then nothing more. I bet the power requirement is horrendous.
 
February 17th, 2009   #10
Spartacus
 
 
Maglev trains are based off the same concept of rail guns. They are incredibly efficient and work well.

However, as a military application, electromagnetic-based weapons are simply not feasible due to power requirements and resulting weight.

Not saying they dont exist... just saying it is unlikely to.


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