Shoot Me In The Belly!: Navy Tests Latest Railgun

February 28, 2012


I'm not really sure how it's been upgraded since the last time we saw it (new paintjob?), but this is a video for the Navy/BAE System's latest incarnation of their railgun. Man, I love how the launch screen in the control room looks like something straight out of Windows 95 with a giant 'ABORT!!!!' button (picture HERE). Really makes me feel safer about the nukes.

It fires a 40-pound metal slug up to 5,600 miles per hour from New York to Philadelphia, slamming into its target with 32 times the force of a "1-ton car being thrust at 100 mph."

The plan is to continue testing over the next five years, ramping up the energy level to 32 megajoules and beyond. How to power such an extraordinary gun is another question entirely, however. The Navy is hoping for an ambitious rate of ten rounds per minute, but at the moment, there's nothing in our fleet that could deliver that kind of juice.

Oh, there's something in our fleet that could deliver that kind of juice alright -- and his name is Optimus Prime. Kidding, he's an 18-wheeler, not a boat! He can't deliver anything but shit to Wal-Mart and a lackluster performance on the big screen. BOOSH -- transform and suck it, Optimus!

Hit the jump for a brief demo of the I would take a shot of that to the gut for the right price.

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Thanks to Douglas M., who can't think railgun without thinking there's some kind of train involved. Omg -- SAME!

  • Ian A Boyd

    Velocitas Eradico?! Fucking Velocity Eradicator! Good motto.

  • shokalion

    I love how the projectile distorts the air as it passes through. So awesome. 

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    'Fire' behind the projectile is  actually plasma from arc-eroded barrel (and projectile) - I doubt that it can fire more than 20 times before it has to have new barrel installed

  • DomPearceDesign

    That's pretty cool, wierd shaped shell though.

    Wait... BAE Systems?! It's British Made? Oooh dear, if my country's involved it may end up on fire at random. This may be why the shell seems to fly ever so slightly wonky when viewed in slomo.

  • Vix

    Nah, BAE Systems plc is the British parent company of BAE Systems, Inc.  This was developed by BAE Systems, Inc. and you better believe they are highly regulated on what they can and cannot share with the parent company.

  • greegrok

    metal gear?!

  • artilleryboy

    Id like to see mythbusters blow something up with this. Id also like to shoot a car with this weapon.

  • Nathan Klassen

    I'll say again what i said as i watched: Holy Crap!


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