Tag Archives: Weapons

Electricity goes boom!

Photo by: RG John

OK, I’m a geek / nerd. So this video where the US Navy tests one of their little toys, I had to physically restrain myself from clapping and giggling like a manic little kid in the throes of an intense sugar rush:

According to this article from Wired, it’s an electrically powered rail gun, capable of firing massive bullets very, very far at supersonic speeds. OK, now I sound like that kid who just had sugar with tea. But it’s just really cool, right?

For me, watching something like this is a bit like watching boxing: I know it’s wrong and that I ought to object to the needless violence – but at the same time I’m fascinated by the spectacle and the science behind it….

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F-16 chases missile that hits ship

Photo by: Nevada Tumbleweed (Mark Holloway)

So here’s a little bit of crash, kapow and bang to enjoy in the nerdery (yes, it’s a word), compliments of the Norwegian arms manufacturer Kongsberg.

It’s basically their new 400 kg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) flying towards its target – a bunch of containers aboard an anchored ship. An F-16 aircraft followed and recorded the missile’s final approach. And you can see it here: