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Tango0122 May 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

…struggle to make more.

"The Pentagon plans to invest more than $20 USD billion in munitions in its next budget. But whether the industrial base will be there to support such massive buys in the future is up in the air at a time when America is expanding munitions at increasingly intense rates.

The annual Industrial Capabilities report, put out by the Pentagon's Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, has concluded that the industrial base of the munitions sector is particularly strained, something the report blames on the start-and-stop nature of munitions procurement over the last 20 years, as well as the lack of new designs being internally developed.

Some suppliers have dropped out entirely, leaving no option for replacing vital materials. Other key suppliers are foreign-owned, with no indigenous capability to produce vital parts and materials setting up the risk that a conflict with China could rely on Chinese-made parts…"
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Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 10:18 p.m. PST

Reminds me of this scene with Burt Gummer on Tremors 2:

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Anyway, as a national security matter we should have kept domestic manufacturing alive. Where are the WOWs going to make our bombs when the time comes? :)

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Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 9:38 a.m. PST

Well if we're out of shells we either start throwing rotten veggies or figure out a different way of diplomacy.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

Or just use the MOABs more often, now that they've been tested in the field recently.

Too bad only 36 ISIS got killed with it:

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I was expecting more bang for my … well, bang! :)

I guess I was expecting something more like this from the MOAB:

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Dan
PS. Maybe we need to send up lots of kinetic "Rods from God" with every one of our satellites from now on. Just in case. They would be like bunker busters from hell. Or a built up coral reef island's worst tsunami nightmare. :)
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Tango0123 May 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

Lion in the Stars23 May 2018 8:35 p.m. PST

The problem with kinetics is that there is a minimum size involved. The bigger problem is that this minimum size is about 10kg. KE=0.5*(M*V^2), plug some numbers in, that's 500,000,000 joules (not-quite-orbital velocity is 10,000m/s). Borrowing the ever-useful 'Boom Table' from Atomic Rockets, that's equal to 127kg of TNT or a 16" shell from an Iowa-class.

Those telephone-pole-sized Rods from God weigh in at ~8.3 tons (if I've done my math correctly) and deliver about 11.5 tons of TNT equivalent. That's on par with a MOAB.

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