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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:30 am

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=i1q_rRicAwI&feature=related[/youtube]

clucking bell, even in slow motion it looks fast! It looks like the aftermath of a bad curry night :D

Locals got a bit miffed that DU rounds were creating doubled headed fish or something though.


Are you sure it's DU, most proposals I've seen use tungsten as a penetrator.

Interestingly, have a look at this video - it seems that the projectile was magnetically accelerated from a static position.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:47 am

awesome.... really....

But that device they use is OMFG HUGE!
Bet you would need a caterpillar truck to move that around.
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:21 am

OMG that little white "truck" would have to be careful, it could be mistaken as a spare tyre! :P You know how much those tyres cost- about half of my monthly earnings, times 10 :D
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:26 am

psycix wrote:Bet you would need a caterpillar truck to move that around.


well, this is what the US Navy intends to mount it on in the future:

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Smaller railguns could eventually be mounted on armoured vehicles, but as to a Imageuake style man-portable launcher, it might take a while...
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Unread postAuthor: markieclarkie » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:36 am

Don't you guys have anything better to do?
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:39 am

markieclarkie wrote:Don't you guys have anything better to do?


Something about a pot and a kettle....
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:50 am

Novacastrian wrote:
markieclarkie wrote:Don't you guys have anything better to do?


Something about a pot and a kettle....


Indeed - what's a bigger waste of time, marvelling at the wonders of experimental high velocity weaponry, or judging how others chose to spend their own time?
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:04 am

Thats a hell of a cloud of vapourised rail chasing it out :P

Wonder what that target was...

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:
Locals got a bit miffed that DU rounds were creating doubled headed fish or something though.


Are you sure it's DU, most proposals I've seen use tungsten as a penetrator.


Yup, the railgun testing at Dundrennan, Scotland lobs DU rounds about into the Solway Firth
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:10 am

Opposition politicians claim the UK Government has kept the public in the dark over plans for the weapon.

When haven't the powers that be do anything but..
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:24 am



The article doesn't mention the DU shells fired by the railgun, the concerns seem to be about DU ammunition fired by conventional powder burners.

Even older concerns - no mention of railguns.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:33 am

Meh, was right the first time, article was bit misleading and encouraged a link between the two.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:36 am

Hotwired wrote:Meh, was right the first time, article was bit misleading and encouraged a link between the two.


Typical media scaremongering as usual. It's probably more about the fact that Scottish territory is being used for the tests than actual safety concerns.
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