A Video Demonstration Of The Navy's Latest Railgun

July 24, 2017

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This is a video demonstration of the Navy's latest and greatest railgun, which looks suspiciously like the torn off member of a Decepticon if you ask me. "You're the expert." You're damn right I am, I spend time in the bathtub looking these things up on my phone.

The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles - and at speeds that exceed Mach 6.

Apparently the smoke from the gun isn't actually smoke, it's the result of all the air around the projectile being vaporized. Tell you what -- you give me $10 and I'll stand in front of it and see if I can stop the projectile with my belly like an old fashioned strongman and a cannonball. "I'll give you $100." Deal. "Then take it back when you're dead." Money's no good in hell anyways.

Keep going for the demo, but skip to 0:50 if you're impatient.

Thanks to Gabe, who agrees a railgun's greatest weakness is requiring electricity to operate.

  • Pfft. Shinra was doing more than this in 1997.

  • RU5TY $H4CKL3F0RD

    Kind of disappointed it wasnt more Metal Gear Rex like.....

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Surely this will secure our dominance in the upcoming trade war with China

  • hyperghost11

    ALL I think of is the certain scientific railgun theme

  • The_Wretched

    I had to go look it up. It's entirely forgettable.

  • Jenness

    100 nautical miles is pretty impressive but how do we know what kind of damage we're talking about? I'm with Draco and want to see it. Can we explode ships or take out my neighbors Amazon Echo? Because if I hear them singing Despacito at the top of their drunken lungs one...more...time...

  • GeneralDisorder

    I feel like a good test for the naval railgun would be to scuttle old mothball ships that aren't worth repairing. They want to sink ships to create artificial reefs too. So... use this system to do that.

  • F = m x a

  • John Adney

    oh this thing is a beast. this test round was traveling roughly four times as fast as any of our current naval guns. that's four times the power if the round is the same size. just as importantly though, if we replace our existing guns with these, we won't be storing explosives on our ships anymore, making the ships safer to operate and harder to sink.

  • Draco Basileus

    Two things.

    1. NO IMPACT FOOTAGE! Thing could have been a compressed air gun for all we know.

    2. Not mounted on a Metal Gear, so lame.

  • Moshugaani

    3. No slow mo footage either!

  • TheQiwiMan

    ..Bet THAT could take down one of her dragons...

  • Irina Abramovich

    Here I am logging into my other account to write about how fat afterooster's wife is: I heard that one time a dragon was covered in liquid popcorn butter and she ate the whole dragon. Also, at the Olive Garden, afterooster's wife asks to have her pasta covered in olive oil or she won't eat it. Yay!! Tomorrow's Taco Tuesday!!! I heard afterooster's wife eats salmon tacos drenched in fish oil and mayo. After feedings, afterooster's wife brushes her teeth with Sensodyne toothpaste.=)

    <3 Thomas

    Hubree: You're the bravest kitten in ALL of the world.=)
    Irina: I'll share my toothbrush with you when we go camping.=)

  • Uhm.... Yea WHAT?

  • Irina Abramovich

    The QiwiMan:

    I am now logged into my other account and I am also now ready to tell you about how fat afterooster's wife is. I heard she is so fat she once tried to walk in-between her house and and her neighbor's house and couldn't fit and got stuck and the fire department was called and had to oil her up to get her unstuck. She also was given buckets of fried chicken to eat with ranch dressing while waiting to be rescued.=) She is the Queen of New York.

    <3 Thomas

    Hubree: You're #1Kitten!!!
    Irina: We're soulmates.=)

  • Jeedai Infidel

    I am now convinced somebody's advanced A.I. spambot has gone utterly insane as opposed to my earlier theory of this person being off meds. Anyone know how to administer the Turing Test?

  • Jenness

    Just tell Irina that you heard that she was the fat one and afterooster's wife is gorgeous. That should tell you something.

    I've been muddling through the rantings and seems like Irina is role-playing the Other Person in a love triangle with some dude named afterooster and she is constantly making fun of his wife's weight out of jealousy. Also she either also goes by the name of Thomas and is slutting it up on the side with someone named Hubree.

  • Irina Abramovich

    Jenness -- You sound like one of afterooster's fat wife's friends, the fat and proud of it kind. The kind that like sit around, not exercise and eat buttered biscuits together. I'll tell Irina that she is skinny and pretty!=)

    <3 Thomas

  • Jenness

    How did you know? Was it my cankles? *plops a buttered bisquit in her slovenly mouth*

  • Irina Abramovich

    Heck yeah! I love drugs like Tylenol 3 with codeine and Adderall. But I am always on them!=)

    This is me writing from my other account, with a disguised name, about how fat afterooster's wife is: I heard one time she ordered to eat 100 footlong sandwiches from Subway and even got avocado on all of them and ate everything in one sitting.=) She also ate 100 bags of potatoe chips and drank 100 sodas. I think she is in the world book of records for eating the most out of everyone in the world.

    <3 Thomas

    Hubree: I love kissing you 'goodnight.'
    Irina: Let's plant flowers together.

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