General Atomics (GA) have blasted their way into the headlines again with a video of the latest test firing of their Blitzer Railgun.
The Blitzer is being developed as a multi-role weapons system that can be mounted on a truck, ship or even an aircraft. With talents including integrated air and missile defense, surface fire support and anti-surface warfare GA may be right, Blitzer is the weapon system for every occasion.
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Unmanned drones are all the rage at the moment but drones are not limited to the skies, take for example the US Navy’s latest technological breakthrough Silent Nemo the robotic spy fish, also known as the Ghost Swimmer.
Modeled after a blue fin tuna Silent Nemo the Ghost Swimmer looks like a normal fish, swims like a normal fish but he is in fact a semi autonomous water bound drone, but he’s not destined to become sushi as his living siblings are. Like a living tuna Silent Nemo is able to make tight turns and move through the water silently even though he is over 5 feet long and weighs a tad less than 50 kilograms. It turns out that a flapping tale is ten times quieter than a propeller, perfect for sneaking up on your water borne enemy.
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Everybody knows that all things are better with lasers, now the US Navy have one hell of a laser. Approved for deployment this week by the Office of Naval Research the Northrop Grumman developed SSL-TM (Solid State Laser Technology Maturation) weapons system will be tested for the next year aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Just don’t be calling the captain a ponce effeminate man, Navy men really don’t like that and now he has a laser.
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The invisible forces of electromagnetic power are slowly being tamed by the US Navy. In the labs for nearly a century the Electromagnetic Railgun is nearing completion and preparing to head to sea.
BAE is expecting to begin testing their latest high power EM Railgun aboard the US Navy’s JHSV class of battleship by 2016, just two years away. A test that will mark the first time an EM Railgun has been fired at sea. The technology isn’t due to go into service till after 2020 but the tactical EM Railgun is drawing near.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos that demonstrate the destructive force of a projectile traveling at incredible speed. Sit back, relax and please select your target carefully.
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