Navy to scrap Rail Gun

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Navy to scrap Rail Gun

Joined: January 8th, 2004, 12:04 am

December 7th, 2017, 4:29 pm #1

In short, takes too much power (more than a ship can generate and still operate the rest of the ship), cant recharge fast enough to sustain a 10 rounds per minute requirement, and is very expensive.
The good news is someone was actually thinking ahead and the warhead types planned for EMRG are compatible with being mounted on a standard 5" shell for use on the existing CG/DDG gun.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/navy- ... t-us-news/

Sorry DDG1000 fanboys. Another part of the future upgrades puzzle falls away.
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Joined: November 29th, 2004, 7:40 am

December 7th, 2017, 5:32 pm #2

kell553 wrote: In short, takes too much power (more than a ship can generate and still operate the rest of the ship), cant recharge fast enough to sustain a 10 rounds per minute requirement, and is very expensive.
The good news is someone was actually thinking ahead and the warhead types planned for EMRG are compatible with being mounted on a standard 5" shell for use on the existing CG/DDG gun.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/navy- ... t-us-news/

Sorry DDG1000 fanboys. Another part of the future upgrades puzzle falls away.
Fake news...
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Joined: April 12th, 2009, 6:07 pm

December 7th, 2017, 6:42 pm #3

Can't find it anywhere else online, unless they got a scoop of some kind. Firing EMRG from 5" was known back in 2015, they have been developing the 5" round concurrently with the railgun as low rate long term development. 

http://www.popularmechanics.com/militar ... c-railgun/
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Joined: November 21st, 2010, 12:24 am

December 7th, 2017, 6:43 pm #4

The only other place I can find this alleged story is on Russia Today- hardly a credible site.
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Joined: April 29th, 2014, 1:39 am

December 7th, 2017, 6:52 pm #5

MattReloaded wrote:Fake news...
Here is the original source: 
http://taskandpurpose.com/navy-electrom ... un-budget/

It's not scrapped yet, but may face problems with getting additional money from Congress for transitioning the technology onto ship for demonstration. Also, it looks like SCO is not much interested in funding this transition either.
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Joined: November 21st, 2010, 12:24 am

December 7th, 2017, 7:08 pm #6

In other words, the *actual* story is that SCO may - may - decide on higher priorities for expedited funding.  Somehow the intertubez (or Kremlin propagandists) translated this into Program Scrapped!
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Joined: March 16th, 2017, 8:22 pm

December 7th, 2017, 7:18 pm #7

The navy seemed to be betting a lot on this working out.  This is looking like another back the drawing board situation for the Navy.
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Joined: April 29th, 2014, 1:39 am

December 7th, 2017, 7:52 pm #8

BBMW wrote:bThe navy seemed to be betting a lot on this working out.
And this is very risky.

The real problem is that the Navy's decision-makers, inspired by high expectations and promises from directed energy weapons, have significantly reduced money for R&D on new explosives and propellants. This may lead to some serious consequences:
https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedi ... ose-rd-gap
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Joined: November 21st, 2010, 12:24 am

December 7th, 2017, 8:18 pm #9

Taking the railgun program off of SCO's list - which isn't a done deal yet - isn't at all the same thing as canceling it.  It just means it doesn't get priority funding.
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December 7th, 2017, 9:10 pm #10

IcelofAngeln wrote: Taking the railgun program off of SCO's list - which isn't a done deal yet - isn't at all the same thing as canceling it.  It just means it doesn't get priority funding.
Yes, but it also likely means they cant't plan in it being a deployable weapon in any worthwhile timeframe, and need to buy other weapons to do the job it would have.
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