Sad day for the future of naval weapons

Railgun, Laser Weapon Lose Senate Funding

And MechWarrior pilots everywhere are spilling a beer on the floors of their Battletechs in remembrance of the future-weapons that never were.  This makes me cry inside.

From the article:

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday voted to eliminate funding for two of the Navy’s still-in-development guns: the free electron laser, essentially a super-powered death ray, and the railgun, which shoots bullets powered not by explosions, but by energy.

The Navy had planned to incorporate these sci-fi weapons in a revamped fleet of the future, and asked for $60 million to continue research and development. Those plans may have to change, following the tersely worded cuts — unveiled on Page 21 of a lengthy press release outlining the Senate’s completion of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

Stupid Senate Armed Services Committee…

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