I saw these guns on Discovery Channel and thought some of you might like to check them out. They are much more reliable (no moving parts) and some of them can fire a million rounds a minute. Pretty sweet. Make sure to check out the videos on the right.
I saw the show and the one they aired about a year ago. It's an interesting concept. However I still would like to know the ballistics of the rounds and how accurate they are over a fixed distance. I would hate for the gun to get a little wet and not work in the line of combat.
CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 90 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 [email protected] 20 Knots, Crew 370. Operational and Building Data
Under construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
Christened July 23 2005 at Bath, ME.
Commissioned June 10 2006 at Mayport, FL
Active unit of the US Navy
Homeported at Mayport, FL
The Chief who gave us the tour pointed at the Battleship New Jersey, permanantly moored across the river from her berth and said that the Farragut's single 5" gun had a greater sustained rate of fire than the entire battleship! The 5" shells are winged and accurate to aprox 10" per mile and a range of "over 20 miles"...