It takes longer to heat up a burrito! Plus, what good is a burrito if it's 100 miles away? Zero. As you may recall, the Navy has been working on a railgun that they hope will eventually be able to accurately shoot projectiles up to 200 miles. And, well, they're halfway there. Me? I'm halfway through my third cocktail. Yes, with a little umbrella.
Right now, Navy railguns could only reach targets 13 miles away. The new railgun reaches any target 100 miles away in six minutes using 33-megajoules of energy, an unprecedented tactical advantage over conventional weaponry like cannons and cruise missiles. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the impact, a megajoule is "roughly equivalent to a 1-ton car traveling at 100 mph." Imagine the effect on a target.
Wait, I'm always bad at these conversions. So is a 33-megajoule railgun the equivalent of 33 1-ton cars traveling at 100mph or a 1-ton car traveling at 3,300mph? Or -- OR -- a 33-ton car traveling at 100mph? Because I'm not gonna lie, that sounds like a gas-guzzler. 0.00000000000000000001MPG's amirite?!
Hit the jump for some impressive video of a rail being gunned that includings some ultra slow-mo footage that'll make your panties moist. Possibly soggy.
Thanks to Chen and sam, who're still convinced lasers are the way to go. I'm with you guys. Not literally, but in spirit at least.