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(Fox News)   While the Chinese are fiddling with an outdated Russian aircraft carrier, the U.S. has something else in mind: A stealthy warship able to sneak up on coastlines virtually undetected and pound targets with electromagnetic "railguns"   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Chinese, U.S., Russians, china, surface ships, National Defense University, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, sea lanes  
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15636 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Jun 2012 at 8:35 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-04 08:56:03 AM  
3 votes:
Can we lay off their largest city and listen to their rock-and-roll?
2012-06-04 09:10:34 AM  
2 votes:

Smoking GNU: Animatronik: So let me get this straight: we retired all of battleships because cannon are antiquated in the era of guided munitions, but now we want to build ships with electric cannon because theyre cool??

This doesnt sound too smart.

If i am not mistaken, The Railguns fitted on those ships have something like a 200 KM accurate range. And the projectiles travel at something like 0.25 light speed. So, a hell of a lot of a range advantage and SHAITLOADS of damage potential over the old cannons. Plus, you don't have to cart around all that gunpowder that can explode.

Yeah, they're both totally the same and rails are only being included now cause they're "cool"

Do these Railguns come with Mass Effect fields too?

Sir Isaac Newton really is the deadliest son of a biatch in space.
2012-06-04 09:03:08 AM  
2 votes:
You know, all this is happening because the Chinese put lead paint on our toys 1 too many times. Now it's payback time.
2012-06-04 11:05:05 AM  
1 vote:
Don't seem too stealthy to me......

What a real rail gun looks like
2012-06-04 10:49:11 AM  
1 vote:

LemSkroob: /I just had a "Traditional Greek Salad" that did not contain lettuce

How did Chinese businesses all decide at once to just be Ferengi? How did that happen?
2012-06-04 09:47:16 AM  
1 vote:

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You know what made that bridge collapse?

2012-06-04 09:46:05 AM  
1 vote:

ThrobblefootSpectre: Say, why don't we let Taiwan worry about the defense of Taiwan, and save a few hundred billion?

As much as I'd like to see the savings associated with that, it won't happen.

Taiwan is a check on China's power (Think of how Cuba was a check on Spain's power before the Spanish-American war). If they ever chose to mess with them in any way, they know the US will respond in kind. And since its in island, the Chinese Navy will have to be able to beat the US Navy, which it can't now.

This is all Cold War 2 chest thumping except China doesn't have the know-how or the money* to play the Soviet part. This won't end anytime soon though, China wants to be seen as a big world player, but they're small and have a chip on their shoulder about it. The US thinks and acts like they're the very best and an upstart annoyance like China will only encourge more military dick-waving.

I just hope the animosity/fear dies down. Chinese people are nice and good people (mostly) and there shouldn't be a feeling of impending CHINA IS GOING TO INVADE AND MAKE US ALL SPEAK CHINESE or CHINA OWNS ALL OF OUR DEBT AND OWNS US (which is false as China only owns 8% of US Debt). This goes for both sides of the Pacific.

CSB: Before I left for China I was wearing a camo military-looking shirt and at my local meat market (Small town Southern GA). When I told the lady behind the counter I was about to depart for China she quietly asked me if I was a "spook" or if I was "Setting the groundwork for the invasion." I smiled, said "Its classified" and left. She looked like she was going to make a b line for her bunker.

*- Yes I realize that China has a MASSIVE budget surplus. Add up how far behind they are on research + materials + battlefield knowledge and put a dollar amount to that, they can't compete.
2012-06-04 09:33:48 AM  
1 vote:

Smoking GNU: nd the projectiles travel at something like 0.25 light speed

Yikes! Better tell them to slow it down. At 0.25c, the projectile interacting with the air at that speed would near instantaneously turn into a huge ball of radioactive plasma before leaving the gun barrel, vaporizing entire destroyer with it. And if the resulting atmospheric shock wave doesn't completely sterilize a 50 mile radius around the former ship, and hard radiation would.
2012-06-04 08:58:31 AM  
1 vote:

Smoking GNU: And the projectiles travel at something like 0.25 light speed.

I think you need to re-check your calculations.
2012-06-04 07:43:01 AM  
1 vote:
Those will come in handy when we attack Alqaedastan.
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