Unlike the Obama administration, I’m going with ISIS rather than ISIL. The “L” stands for the Lavant — an area larger than Syria and Iraq (including Lebanon and Jordan). I don’t want to give the Islamo-fascist state’s ambitions more play than they deserve. Anyway, the remote control gun above indicates that ISIS is nothing if not creative in its desire to control the oil fields that sustain its economy. The sooner and more convincingly they’re destroyed the better.
“Just when you thought we’d nailed the art of firing chunks of metal at each other at immense speeds,” dailymail.co.uk snarks, “a US weapons firm has shown it can do it faster. An electromagnetic railgun has been tested firing bullets at Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound. Designed by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), the Blitzer railgun uses electromagnets to send its projectiles hurtling off at thousands of miles per hour.” That would be six times the speed of sound. The main advantages over traditional explosives are stated as improved safety – due to less explosives on board – and could drastically reduce the costs.” Reduced costs. Sure.
TTAG’s resident war hero Jon Wayne Taylor and I had a long conversation about Chris Kyle one day. Jon revealed that Mr. Kyle was not a particularly good shot. His genius lay in his ability to infiltrate an area without being detected, and remain there, hidden. Camouflage is more than just clothing. It’s knowing where to go, where to stay, how to stay there undetected, when to shoot, when to leave and how not to reveal yourself as you exfiltrate. Hats off to these warriors, who have skills I could never master.
Assuming that “new” doesn’t mean anything here, you’re looking at the Russian AK-630 or a variant thereof. wikipedia.org describes it as a “fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon. In 630, “6” means 6 barrels and “30” means 30mm. The system’s primary purpose is defense against anti-ship missiles and other precision guided weapons. It can also . . .