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because you don't have to worry about recoil.
Now, what kind of powerplant would be required for a ship carrying one (or more) of these things?I'm guessing they'd want to take the whole fleet nuclear at that point.Now, while it may alter the 'battleship' game (which nobody's really been playing for quite a while, anyway), I'm not sure if it really revolutionizes it.What you get is the ability to put a gun that can sling shells as big as the old 16" shells (which weighed about 2000 lbs) on a much lighter platform, because you don't have to worry about recoil. And now you can throw those shells further. And at a higher rate of fire per barrel (which means you can have fewer guns for the same throw weight.)But even if they get to an effective range of 100 miles, they still can't reach as far as a carrier loaded with F/A-18s.Now, I'd love to see one that can launch much smaller projectiles, and a much higher ROF, that's able to reach high enough to use against those terminally homing ballistic missiles China is rumored to be working on. Doesn't take a very big piece of steel to trash a missile when you hit it at a closing speed well over Mach 10. Of course, the whole "hitting a bullet with a bullet" thing is a challenge, for sure. Thus the need for a high ROF.
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