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Re: News from the Gun Club! Yes and not yet!
I sat in on rail gun meetings over thirty years ago, so this idea seems like a breath of fresh air.
For whatever it is worth, the last paragraphs of this article claim it was not an industry idea: https://news.usni.org/2015/06/01/navy-researching-firing-mach-5-guided-round-from-standard-deck-guns
AEGIS is a combat system. All the weapons on the ship are "coupled" with it. Every major USN warship is currently an AEGIS vessel, and has a 5" gun. The Zumwalts will find other applications for them. What about stability and barrel wear? The round is guided. Aiming it is a matter of pointing it in the general direction. That's more than a VLS fired Standard currently gets... Also, the round is cheap enough to fire in salvos. They are aiming to use this as an ABM weapon... China is about the only country with antiship ballistic missiles. High end enough for me. Sorry if it doesn't "do it" for you. I have looked forward to these for a while.
Kind obvious on this one that is was an industry idea and not a Navy idea. Letís keep in mind that detection and tracking are major components of defeating an incoming attack. What makes Standard missiles so great is it coupling to Aegis. Can the same be said of the 5Ē mount? What about stability and barrel wear? The article states it can defeat 3rd world weapons. Ok great but not fully satisfactory. What about defeating the best in the Russian and Chinese arsenals? The shell will make the Marines happy and only those ships floating around 3rd world nations.
It has potential. Wonder if a CIWS could be designed to fire a smaller hyper shot type shell? Itís stabilized and has tracking if not range.
Glad to see something finally "paying off." I keep reading about all the promising stuff "coming someday." I also keep reading about the stream of problems and delays (and finiancial shenanigans) in a rather dismal/depressing parade.
Some good news for a change. Have read about the hope/promise of these for a long time. Glad to see it closer to reality!
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