I have been following this development for some time ever since a frined of mine sent me a pretty wild computer generate link to the demo of this a coupe years back. (which of course I can't find anymore) You've certainly got step out of the box to understand how this technology can be applied in warfighting and OTHER applications.
2 rounds/ 50 millieconds apart
You're going to want to click on the link above and check out the videos!
To the human ear, the sound of 180 bullets being fired in less than one-hundredth of a second is perceived as one enormous noise. And the fact that some people have heard that noise is testimony to the perseverance of one inventor with a unique vision of the future of weapons technology. "They say that half the engineers in the first company that I worked with wanted me to finish my coffee and leave as soon as possible," says Mike O'Dwyer, recalling the way some of his far-reaching ideas were received.
O'Dwyer's revolutionary weapons concept is based on an electronically fired gun-and-launcher design with multiple rounds stacked in a single barrel. The only moving parts are the bullets themselves. Beyond creating an astounding fast-firing weapon, the concept makes way for the creation of entirely new types of firearms. Among other things, it will allow the shooter to select from different types of rounds and even between firing lethal and nonlethal ammunition. O'Dwyer's ideas were initially met with skepticism, but now they are being taken seriously by the military and police.
"Nothing succeeds like actually building something and pulling the trigger or, in our case, pressing the button to show what happens," he tells POPULAR MECHANICS. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/defense/1281426.html
"Metal Storm Limited is a defense technology company engaged in the development of electronically initiated ballistics systems using its unique "stacked round" technology. The company is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and incorporated in the US, with an office in Washington DC and a defense engineering capability located in Seattle, operating as ProCam Machine LLC. The company has invented a ballistics technology that has no known conventional equivalent. Metal Storm is working with government agencies and departments, as well as industry, to develop a variety of systems utilizing the Metal Storm non-mechanical, electronically fired stacked ammunition system." http://www.defensereview.com/article718.html
Metal Storm technology could eliminate the need for laying land mines. A three unit team, with aid of laptop computers be able to set a gird location with IR or other technology and anything that stepped into that area would first be determined friend or foe and then the firing sequence could be initiated. If you check out the website I think you will find this very intereting technology. Essentially you load a "tube" of weapons and only the front one engages, or however you have it set up, and the round fires. Think of it like a roman candle.
The company had explored the application for firefighting but it has not yet proven profitable.
As a public service you should chekc out the following:
Oh! and check out this video on DREAD weapons systems:
And I should mention that sometimes we get pretty caught up in new technology. The Navy and the Air Force have huge budgets for new eapons systems but a lot of future warfighting is projected to be in close combat, "city" enviroments. I found the following comments usefull in highlighting my point. (since Hack died it's hard to find this kind of stuff btw)
"I believe in Air Support, but I believe that I see on a constant basis my own equipment being worn beyond it's use. My molle pack is broke in 6 places. The plastic just isn't made for colder climates. My First Aid Kit is in bad shape and I got one from my uncle in the airforce or it'd be utterly worthless. I belive in equipment maintenance as does any Marine, but the money being thrown to these "new improved" projects doesn't do justice to the ground pounders just looking for good magazines for their ammo, or cleaning gear even. We're poorly supplied most of the time and I don't believe that the supply chiefs are keeping it to themselves. Not in My Marine Corps. I believe that the budget should be more evenly distributed among the serivces." This forum is a good read. Read it here: