For years now, Navy officials have been boosting a new technology, the railgun, as an ideal next-generation piece of artillery for America’s ships. But there’s good reason to believe it won’t live up to the hype — and that it may be the U.S. military’s next billion-dollar blunder that never pans out.
New weapons systems have a terrible track record, especially within the Obama Regime. Spend billions, talk it up as the best thing since sliced bread then cancel the program. After the consultants and the lobbyists have gotten their piece of the pie. Will Railguns ever be deployed. I doubt it. One of the unspoken attributes that make this different from previous weapon systems is that the ships would have to be designed and built from the keel up specifically to support this weapon.
WWII, the ships that were built in the twenties, thirties or even earlier; could be retrofitted with the new and important military tech of the forties. Radar, anti-aircraft rapid firing guns, degaussing; all were incorporated into the earlier ships already build. But the ships that would deploy the railguns and lasers of the future must be build with power plants that can produce gigawatts of electrical power. That fundamental change does not serve the needs of the Navy so much as the consultants and a few favored industries. GE, the Obama administrations favorite company due to its campaign contributions is a sleazy example.
Then there is the Tomahawk missile, a mature, versatile and highly successful program that the same administration is attempting to destroy. New purchases of the Tomahawk are already curtailed and it is the stated objective of this administration to have zero Tomahawks in inventory by 2016. Even through we have already launched a next generation Navy Destroyer (USS Zumwalt) that relies solely on that missile as it’s offensive punch and we are currently building three more at three to four Billion dollars each.
Insanity or treason on the part of this President?