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  1. #1 US Navy Rail Gun = totally awesome 
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    :-D amazing stuff...

    anyone else know anything about it? :?


    i'm a fan of the F-22 Raptor, and the new F-35 planes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePasTimeCE
    :-D amazing stuff...

    anyone else know anything about it? :?


    i'm a fan of the F-22 Raptor, and the new F-35 planes...

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    These thngs have been in a research stage for many years. Lots of problems.

    I will be amazed if one is ever actually fielded.


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    Wouldn't it accelerating too fast kill the pilot? (Or at least harm them).
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    I think that's the point of a rail gun, eh? Kill pilots.
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    Yes, new ways to kill more people more efficiently, great.

    Personally I don't see how anyone can look at new military technology and not feel the burden that it will inevitably be misused by someone, and will be responsible for shattering the lives of families overseas.
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    The cool applications for rail guns include no need for explosive warheads -the kinetic energy is already more destructive than many current armaments. Also, there might be an application for shooting down satellites should the need arise. If an enemy places a weaponized satellite in orbit, it poses a clear danger. Also a rail gun needs less space for ammunition and can potentially have a higher rate of fire.

    Not to mention the fact that a rail gun is more accurate and precise than explosive rounds, thus providing a military with the means to hit the targets they want, potentially avoiding unnecessary, collateral damage to non-military targets.

    Still, there are quite a few hurdles left to cross before being adopted by the military.
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    providing a military with the means to hit the targets they want
    You mean, allow a set of young men from the richer country to murder and maim a set of young men from the poorer country, both roped into being soldiers by internal propaganda.

    avoiding unnecessary, collateral damage to non-military targets
    You mean, avoiding unnecessary murder of the wealthier people in the poorer country, who were lucky enough to not have to join the army.


    I think if fewer people hid behind these sanitising phrases (like 'neutralizing rebel units' etc, it's almost as bad as the Serbian 'ethnic cleansing'), we would weigh more carefully our foreign policy decisions.

    Today a 'US drone neutralized a terrorist outpost' in Pakistan. Meaning a remote controlled plane dropped bombs on a small village having a tribal meeting, killing 40, most civilians, injuring many more, terrorising their families and friends for the rest of their lives. When the Pakistani government objected the BBC had the gall to report their objections as an 'outburst' like they're being irrational.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGlad
    You mean, allow a set of young men from the richer country to murder and maim a set of young men from the poorer country, both roped into being soldiers by internal propaganda.

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    You mean, avoiding unnecessary murder of the wealthier people in the poorer country, who were lucky enough to not have to join the army.
    I think I said what I meant. These are your words not mine. If you want to distort the words of others, pick another forum.

    If you want to talk politics and ideology, try the political subforum. I happen to detest politics and irrational, ideological agendas like you show and won't be a part of such discussions.

    This particular subforum is one that is for discussing military hardware, tactics, and related topics. Ideological and political agendas will not be allowed. I didn't bother reading the rest of your post, hence the lack of response to it should you think you said something profound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinWalker
    Quote Originally Posted by TGlad
    You mean, allow a set of young men from the richer country to murder and maim a set of young men from the poorer country, both roped into being soldiers by internal propaganda.

    [...]

    You mean, avoiding unnecessary murder of the wealthier people in the poorer country, who were lucky enough to not have to join the army.
    I think I said what I meant. These are your words not mine. If you want to distort the words of others, pick another forum.

    If you want to talk politics and ideology, try the political subforum. I happen to detest politics and irrational, ideological agendas like you show and won't be a part of such discussions.

    This particular subforum is one that is for discussing military hardware, tactics, and related topics. Ideological and political agendas will not be allowed. I didn't bother reading the rest of your post, hence the lack of response to it should you think you said something profound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGlad
    providing a military with the means to hit the targets they want
    You mean, allow a set of young men from the richer country to murder and maim a set of young men from the poorer country, both roped into being soldiers by internal propaganda.
    It's not exactly a rope if they're dumb enough to believe it.

    Ideally, the point of improving our technology is so we can win the war by firing fewer shots more precisely, perhaps killing fewer people, especially women and children. The more asymmetric the war, the quicker the enemy surrenders. The first gulf war went down pretty smoothly.



    avoiding unnecessary, collateral damage to non-military targets
    You mean, avoiding unnecessary murder of the wealthier people in the poorer country, who were lucky enough to not have to join the army.
    No, just the women and children. Those are the only ones I really feel bad about.

    Most of the ones we'd really really like to kill are plenty wealthy. Osama himself is pretty well off financially.... or at least he was before we froze his accounts. (Probably still is if he hid his money well.)
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    This gun is super cool too
    1 Million rounds per minute gun. - YouTube
    Regarding Philosophical discussions of war I would have to say there is no simple answer as humans are a pretty aggressive bunch of greater apes just like the rest of our ape cousins. To sit by and not kill them because we are afraid to hurt their girlfriends will end up with them doing the same or worse to us - like they say just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.

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