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1 Off Colfax  Thu, Nov 17, 2011 11:42:54pm

a) Wow. Jesus fuck, but that's fast. Mach 5 is an insane proposition for most of us to even consider how speedy that truly is. I sure can't. My mind goes into a state of inane gibbering (also known as Fox analysitis) well before that mark.

b) This is truly a system designed to ruin someone else's day in one hour or less.

c) Can we get a fast track for civilian application of this technology? It'd sure help with the local Chinese restaurant's delivery times.

2 celticdragon  Fri, Nov 18, 2011 7:35:40am

Bomb? You don't need explosives in the thing if you are hitting an average sized building or a ship. The kinetic energy alone will destroy the target.

3 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Nov 18, 2011 7:42:08am

re: #2 celticdragon

Bomb? You don't need explosives in the thing if you are hitting an average sized building or a ship. The kinetic energy alone will destroy the target.

Explosions are just more fun!

4 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Nov 18, 2011 9:20:35am

re: #3 NJDhockeyfan

You get an explosion, all right. You just don't need explosives.

One half mass times velocity squared. It's how the depleted uranium munitions of the M60 Abrams and Leopard II work.

5 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 18, 2011 10:07:53am

"When you absolutely positively need to blow some shit up in an hour or less, use 'Prompt Global Strike'."

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re: #4 Romantic Heretic

You get an explosion, all right. You just don't need explosives.

One half mass times velocity squared. It's how the depleted uranium munitions of the M60 Abrams and Leopard II work.

Also the A-10's 30mm GAU-8 rotary cannon which uses depleted uranium slugs. Arguably one of the few bright spots to come out of the Gulf war was the realization (remembrance?) by the Pentagon of the need of close air support aircraft. The A-10 was slated to be retired and stripped from the Air Force's inventory in favor of designating some F-16's for close ground support. Then during the Gulf war the A-10 aircraft destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 military vehicles, and 1,200 artillery pieces, in addition to becoming the primary launching platform for Maverick missiles (90%+) against ground targets.

After that the Air Force changed it's mind about getting rid of the A-10 and instead set about upgrading and improving them. Currently the A-10 is not scheduled for retirement until 2028, (like the B-52 it is another air platform they are having a very hard time significantly improving on) provided a suitable replacement is available by then.


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