Kinetic Energy Weapons - realistic battlefield option? - Page 2

February 17th, 2009  
-- Dusty
Exactly. You'd need a small nuclear power plant for anything of substantial power.
And maglev technology is awesome.
February 18th, 2009  
Originally Posted by 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.
That was my thought, have they been incorporated into a ship, which is probably the most portable thing with the potential to generate the power.
March 14th, 2009  
Yeah,power requirement is a big issue for those.
March 29th, 2009  
I had heard that the US Navy wanted to have a prototype on a ship by 2012 but that has been moved back to 2020 because of issues related to over heating caused by "firing" the weapon multiple times. Apparently the development of proper insulation and heat spreaders is years behind schedule, which one would think the insulation would be the easy part compared to say firing a 7kg projectile 200 miles without the use of black power. The Navy has moved away from steam catapults though and is using a magentic rail system similar to what you'd get on your maglevs in Europe.
March 29th, 2009  
-- Dusty
7 kg? 200 miles? Unless it's guided, don't count on much accuracy.
Though I think that MagLev is a great idea for launching jets off of carriers.
November 20th, 2009  
The US wants to mount them on the Zumwalt class destroyers. They are around, give it another Decade.
November 20th, 2009  
major liability
It's going to be a very, very long time before you see rail or Gauss guns mounted on anything smaller than a warship. I know they have plans for a man-portable gasdynamic laser - but only plans. There's not even a prototype yet, it'll be decades before there is a power supply powerful and light enough to make it at all practical.
February 17th, 2010  
Korean Seaboy
Long ago, people thought only birds can fly. Now we dominate the skies with jets and the civilian jumbo jets.
Long ago, people thought that TVs (when first introduced) would be a waste of time and would be a wastful product. Now, our eyes are glued to the TV all the time
Long ago, people thought that the computer would never get smaller and would only be used by the rich and the military.
Nowadays, people think that Kinetic Energy Weapons would be ineffective and expensive. In the future, the people would be blasting Kinetic Energy Weapons all over space along with other unexpected weaponary.
Conclusion: Yeah, I think from what humans have done, we will be able to do and invent everything if given the time.
March 12th, 2010  
The Railgun will at first appear as a naval artillery weapon. When it's practical to do so, expect them to appear on ground based artillery and MBTs, then heavy infantry and aircraft weaponry, a railgun pistol is a LONG way off. If it's not outright impossible in the first place.
March 13th, 2010  
-- Dusty
Boy, mankind sure is impressive with the ability to find bigger and better ways to kill people in the name of war.

It's just too damn bad the same people can't instead find bigger and better ways to maintain peace and harmony instead....

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