Norway's New Stealthy Magic Missiles
Inb4 "that looks like a [some animal]'s penis".
This is a video demonstration of Norway's new Naval Strike (Magic) Missile. The shakiness made me kinda woozy, but it's worth checking out if you've got the stomach. Me? I've got that B-U-T-T-Z. *booty poppin'* The video follows a missile from launch as it flies just over the tops of waves, over an island, and finally through a ship. I'm not sure if civilians are going to be allowed to buy them.
The testing for this next-generation anti-ship missile took place off Point Mugu, California in June of this year. According to Konsgberg, the NSM had only 1.5 seconds to acquire and positively ID the ship as its target before striking.
The state-of-the-art missile weighs about 400 kg (880 lb) and has a range of 100 nautical miles, both along the coast and in the open ocean. It uses GPS, inertial and terrain reference systems to maintain its bearings. Being a cruise missile, and the only fifth-generation long range precision strike missile in existence, the NSM is capable of flying over land while avoiding obstacles and skimming just above the surface of the ocean to avoid radar detection. The NSM will also make a random high-G-force maneuver in order to confound enemy countermeasures just before it strikes with a 125 kg multi-purpose blast/fragmentation warhead.
Hello -- Norwegian Navy? This is General Gee Kologie from the US Army's Antirobotics Division. Huh? What do you mean you've never heard of us?! *high-five, hipsters! Jk, jk -- don't touch me* Listen, I need some of these missiles you've got. No? Not buying it? What if I told you I'm in middle school and I need one for a science fair project? Hello? HELLO? They hung up on me! "You were talking into a skillet." I thought it smelled like bacon.
Hit the jump for the video. Hit your cubicle-mate for a fight.
Thanks to Ryan, whose missiles are actually magic and can turn invisible.