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Not only that, I bet if you had a compass a few miles away, you would still know if it was fired rolleyes.gif.

Not really, if it was a multistage coilgun, maybe.

This one's magnetic field is ginormous, don't get me wrong smile.gif

The proto coilguns I built (low powered, around 100J electric energy) generated a high enough mag field to suddenly attract all screws/nails/projectiles that were in a 10cm radius surrounding the coils rolleyes.gif

Railguns... If they're powerful enough you'd need something really really really fast and accurate to measure any magnetic variation.
   
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Can't wait to see the Chinese version based on hacked schematics.
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I really hope we don't scrap this program, there are a lot of benefits to such a system and the US needs to maintain its military superiority in the future.
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and the US needs to maintain its military superiority in the future.

To fight off the debt collectors? wth.gif
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Can't wait to see the Chinese version based on hacked schematics.

Pretty much. However, as I mentioned before, the major issues of precision are getting it accurate from hundreds (one thing I read speculated possibly from 1k+) of miles, and the bigger issue is that if there are ANY impurities or problems with the firing, the slug will weld itself to the barrel, basically totaling it. So, I'm sure they could do it, but I'd be surprised if they had the budget to develop the sophistication of manufacturing techniques for it any time soon.
 
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Yes, another way to attack the French! thumb.gif
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So, I'm sure they could do it, but I'd be surprised if they had the budget to develop the sophistication of manufacturing techniques for it any time soon.

The U.S. military is the wealthiest entity on planet Earth. They don't know what the word "budget" means.
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The U.S. military is the wealthiest entity on planet Earth. They don't know what the word "budget" means.

If only it wasn't so crippled by political correctness.......

The shotcallers need to read the Art of War again.
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That would also potentially fix the "muzzle flash". Apparently the fire we see in the video, is actually the aluminum slug burning up from air friction.


ah hah ha aaaaaaa... redface.gif
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I really hope we don't scrap this program, there are a lot of benefits to such a system and the US needs to maintain its military superiority in the future.
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To fight off the debt collectors? wth.gif
While that made me ROFL, don't be surprised if it is basically true. No great power has gone down without basically making sure that the rest of the world goes up in smoke with it. Combine that with knowing how arrogant US really is...well... mellowsmiley.gif

Anyway, cool tech, would be useful for space exploration probably, at least breaking orbit.
Edited by dejanh - 2/29/12 at 3:58pm
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