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Friday, January 04, 2019

China appears to be testing an experimental, warship-mounted railgun capable of punching a hole in an enemy aircraft carrier from up to 150 kilometres away. That's roughly the distance from Toronto to Buffalo, N.Y., or half the distance from Calgary to Edmonton. Any warship with a working railgun would have the power to disable "almost any ship in very short notice," according to Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the U.K.-based Royal United Services Institute.

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If the weapon proves to be operational, China would become the world's first nation capable of launching unstoppable, hypersonic projectiles that can disable an enemy naval fleet before full-scale combat ever begins. That would give it an edge in a number of contentious areas of the world, including the disputed South China Sea.

Railgun projectiles are cheaper to make and easier to store than torpedoes or missiles, Bronk says. They would also be much easier to aim at incoming missiles, making them superior to anything installed on today's cruisers or destroyers.

#1 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-04 09:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Intense propaganda. It's not threat to a carrier group. It has less than 100 miles range. The combat radius of an F-18 is 3x that. It's worse than lasers at defeating incoming missiles, which are already being deployed on US ships.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-04 10:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

China would become the world's first nation capable of launching unstoppable, hypersonic projectiles - #1 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-04 09:53 AM
Uh...
US Navy has had a ship mounted rail-gun for a couple of years now...welcome to the party, I guess. What took you so long?

#3 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-01-04 10:54 AM | Reply

#2 I head we where going with a comparable new supergun whose ammo was chemically propelled so you didn't have to stop your ship and dump all your engine power into the railgun to just get off one shot. Know anything about that?

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-04 10:58 AM | Reply

tonytripoli, can I have a copy of your anime collection? That was awesome.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-04 11:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If the Chinese have a decent railgun, then we probably have functioning kinetic bombardment satellites.

Good luck with those tiny railguns when Project Thor comes raining down.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-04 01:36 PM | Reply

#2 I head we where going with a comparable new supergun whose ammo was chemically propelled so you didn't have to stop your ship and dump all your engine power into the railgun to just get off one shot. Know anything about that?

#4 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2019-01-04 10:58 AM | REPLY

Long story short, they're taking super high density shells designed for the naval rail guns, and shooting them out of conventional naval guns instead. A super high density shell with guidance, I bet you could clear 200,000 feet altitude out of an existing 5" gun.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-04 02:28 PM | Reply

If a surface adversary is 150km (93mi) away, then the situation is already messed up with multiple failures.

Aircraft carrier combat looks like the Battle of Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway. Ships launching planes while being out of range of one another.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-04 03:16 PM | Reply

tonytripoli, can I have a copy of your anime collection? That was awesome.

This was the theme from the very popular anime, A Certain Scientific Railgun. It's about a bunch of extremely gifted students in the future, one of whom has the powers of a human railgun.

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Theme song in English.

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Music only.

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For some reason, reading about railguns makes me think of this anime.

If the Chinese have a decent railgun, then we probably have functioning kinetic bombardment satellites.

Railguns are supposed to be super cheap to operate. Rods of God or Thor is super expensive. We can't afford it. All our money is going to build the stupid Wall.

#9 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-04 04:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rods of God or Thor is super expensive.
#9 | POSTED BY TONYTRIPOLI

Its the US Military. They really, really don't care about the cost.

#10 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-04 05:10 PM | Reply

Rods of God or Thor is super expensive. We can't afford it.

Projects like those, if they exist, would be budgetless. Couldn't afford to not build such a innovative and first type of capability. Blank cheque type budget.

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-04 05:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rods of God or Thor is super expensive.

#9 | POSTED BY TONYTRIPOLI AT 2019-01-04 04:04 PM | REPLY

Was expensive, and vulnerable to anti-satellite tech. Now we have re-usable rockets and micro-sats, it's a different ballgame.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-04 05:47 PM | Reply

welcome to the party, I guess. What took you so long?

#3 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

It takes time to steal technology.

Hell, they just finally got something on the moon and everyone is acting like "whoooooaaaaaaa".

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-04 05:49 PM | Reply

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They got something on the far side of the moon. No one has done that before.

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-04 05:52 PM | Reply

POSTED BY TONYTRIPOLI AT 09:53 AM

Looks like JTosser got banned again, I knew the instant that I saw this headline that he was using one of his sock puppets to post this drivel.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-04 07:13 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by tonytripoli

Thanks dude. I'll be watching your stuff for the rest of the night as I slide into the slimy pit of Onanism.

Hey, can you ID an anime or me? It was late 80's and I want to watch the whole thing. There was this demon floating over a central park, and staring down at a girl demon and saying something. She raised her hands, palms outward and arms out, and then all of the trees around her uprooted and then she moved her arms to point at him and all the trees flew at him like projectiles. And he batted them all aside or shattered them with Karate-type blocks. I only saw part of it, but I ache to see the whole.

Please help.

#16 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-04 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thanks dude. I'll be watching your stuff for the rest of the night as I slide into the slimy pit of Onanism.

Sounds like a plan.

Here is some more railgun to help you on your way.

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Please help.

Doesn't ring a bell.

You can try asking on Reddit. That's where all the anime folk hang out. Or try here:

myanimelist.net

Now we have re-usable rockets and micro-sats, it's a different ballgame.

It's still going to be prohibitively expensive. Putting hundreds of twenty foot tungsten rods into orbit is not a joke. I remain highly skeptical.

Meanwhile, could you, or anyone, please answer this question for me?

Is RIGHTOCENTER brain damaged? Who is JTosser who seems to have traumatized him this much?

#17 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-05 12:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

that was cool! i subbed!

#18 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-01-05 04:01 AM | Reply

#17 JTosser (actual name John Henry Ford Tremain) was a proudly patriotic Texan with a penchant for pretending he was a Pakistani. His hobby was goat tossing. But due to the bigotry on this site (which you will also no doubt encounter) he did have some posting issues.

So try to stay safe if you post here - there are people here that will threaten your life in a non-cartoon fashion, keep notes on everything you say, and stalk you. And they don't get banned.

#19 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-05 08:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

actual name John Henry Ford Tremain

Oh, I know Tremain. Why is this moron making up another name for him? Never mind, I don't need to know what's going on in RIGHTOCENTER's traumatized brain.

people here that will threaten your life in a non-cartoon fashion, keep notes on everything you say, and stalk you. And they don't get banned.

Good to know. Thank you.

#20 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-05 09:58 AM | Reply

If the weapon proves to be operational, China would become the world's first nation capable of launching unstoppable, hypersonic projectiles that can disable an enemy naval fleet before full-scale combat ever begins.

#1 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-04 09:53 AM | Reply | Flag

Not true. Twelve-inch guns and bigger have been able to do this for more than a century. The technology was called dreadnaught. So.....Why didn't that work?

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2019-01-05 02:01 PM | Reply

"The technology was called dreadnaught. So.....Why didn't that work?"

Not enough dread?

#22 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-01-05 02:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Not enough dread?

#22 | Posted by Danforth

Naughty boy.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2019-01-05 02:08 PM | Reply

Oh, I know Tremain.

LOL, JTosseRigelTripoliSekekaiMain trying desperately to avoid a perma ban for using repeated sock puppets.

TFF

#24 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-05 02:09 PM | Reply

It's still going to be prohibitively expensive. Putting hundreds of twenty foot tungsten rods into orbit is not a joke.

#17 | POSTED BY TONYTRIPOLI AT 2019-01-05 12:28 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

$90 million for 64 tons to LEO.

Previously that price tag was $350 million. It's more affordable than ever, and you don't need that many of them.

Kinetic bombardment has been kicked around since the 60s. Kelly Johnson pitched the idea to the USAF doing it with SR-71s.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-05 04:09 PM | Reply

Citing CCTV, the Global Times wrote: "The US is also experimenting with the new weapon, but China will be the first country to actually equip it on a warship ... China's naval electromagnetic weapon and equipment have surpassed other countries and become a world leader."

Others took a more measured view. Even if China was testing an electromagnetic railgun at sea, it could still be "a year or two away from being operational," Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN. He noted the significance, however, of China developing its own technology rather than copying foreign designs, saying it indicates the country is no longer 10 to 15 years behind the US and is "approaching parity with the West in terms of weapons development."

qz.com

Previously that price tag was $350 million. It's more affordable than ever, and you don't need that many of them.

Well that sounds great. So what is stopping us from deploying this thing? Is our military really as stupid as RIGHTOCENTER?

#26 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2019-01-06 01:20 AM | Reply

Lack of need. Weapons are getting smaller for the most part.

#27 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-06 08:46 AM | Reply

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