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Railguns on boats are just a decoy. These will be going onto sattelites around the globe like a blanket.
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oh yes

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post #63 of 108
If the railgun's projectiles could somehow contain a nuclear payload, we'd be looking at cheap tactical nukes.
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I'm sure the railgun tracks where it be in 51 seconds.

51 seconds is a ridiculously long time for something to not change course/speed/wind direction and strength. the ship would have to stay at a consistent speed and heading top pull that off. and thats assuming the ship doesnt know youre there.
    
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Railguns on boats are just a decoy. These will be going onto sattelites around the globe like a blanket.

It'll be quite a while before we see anything like that, since even projectiles this small would at least double the cost per shot just to get into orbit going by the cost of getting something to the ISS, not to mention getting the actual railgun and the system surrounding it up there.
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Yup - exactly what is needed in this world, a new gun

That should improve the standards of living immensely

Meh, when stuff goes down you will wish your country had an effective military.
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51 seconds is a ridiculously long time for something to not change course/speed/wind direction and strength. the ship would have to stay at a consistent speed and heading top pull that off. and thats assuming the ship doesnt know youre there.

This has been done for quite some time with torpedo targeting. Time/frequency plotting isnt real fun, but it works great.
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Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) renders investment in this kind of stuff a waste of time and money. Useless against anything other than another Superpower....who have Nukes too.

In WW2 the complexity of weaponry meant the US could churn replacement equipment out faster than it was lost on the battlefield. You can't churn out Abrams/F22's/F35's at anywhere near replacement rates. Neither can the other side. Inevitably the losing side will resort to nukes in desparation. Both sides know this. Hence neither will ever let a Cold war get Hot ever again.
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post #69 of 108
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Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) renders investment in this kind of stuff a waste of time and money. Useless against anything other than another Superpower....who have Nukes too.

In WW2 the complexity of weaponry meant the US could churn replacement equipment out faster than it was lost on the battlefield. You can't churn out Abrams/F22's/F35's at anywhere near replacement rates. Neither can the other side. Inevitably the losing side will resort to nukes in desparation. Both sides know this. Hence neither will ever let a Cold war get Hot ever again.

Nuke tips would be pointless considering what railguns can do already. (relatively) pinpoint destruction with none of the fallout.
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Would the ship/railgun be hardened sufficiently to withstand an EMP?
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