Technological news, as regular readers of this website know, sometimes preoccupies us here because of its wider impact and implications, and that's certainly the case with this article spotted and shared by K.M., for Japan has completed tests of a sea-borne railgun weapons system:

Note that the test is a first:

Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency announced on Tuesday that it had conducted its first-ever test firing of an electromagnetic railgun from a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship at sea, the first publicly disclosed test firing of a railgun at sea anywhere in the world.

The Japanese military research and procurement agency uploaded a video of the test in a post on the X social media network announcing the test, which it claimed to be the first ever railgun to be fired at sea. The undated video shows the ship-mounted experimental railgun firing, but the projectile impact is not shown.

In case you're wondering what the difference between a rail gun and a conventional artillery piece is, the basic difference is not in basic concept or principle, but as it were, method;

The ATLA is pursuing development of ship-mounted railguns to defend against advanced airborne or seaborne threats like hypersonic weapons, with railgun projectiles’ high velocity and deeper magazines theoretically improving their effectiveness compared to conventional interceptor missiles or cannon shells.


Unlike conventional shells that are driven by the detonation of chemical propellants, electromagnetic railguns use an electromagnetic field to launch a projectile at very high speed. The extreme kinetic energy of the projectile on impact is the main means of target destruction.

There you have it, though for purposes of today's high octane speculation, I want to emphasize that electromagnetic acceleration component as opposed to the conventional powder propellants of a standard artillery piece; electromagnetic acceleration gives a "muzzle velocity" significantly higher than is capable with any chemical propellant, and thus, the kinetic energy of a projectile from such a weapon is much greater, as therefore is its destructive impact. A railgun is thus simply a smaller version of the often talked-about "rods of God" or "rods of the gods" technology that many - including yours truly - believe might already be deployed in space. In actuality, the idea of rail guns and electromagnetic propulsion of projectiles is an idea that pre-dates World War One. Research was actually conducted on the concept throughout that war and subsequently on into World War Two, most notably by Germany.   The point of all of this - and of the Japanese test - is that the concept is workable.

Just how far that concept has been developed is the real question, and the Japanese test, I believe, may just be a kind of "public announcement" on behalf of the West. Indeed, it's less an announcement of a successful test, as it is a message, for as the article makes clear, Japan has been developing the technology in conjunction with American firms that were involved in the supposedly defunct American rail gun program:

In April , ATLA Vice Commissioner Shigenori Mishima told National Defense magazine that Japan was interested in partnering with contractors that had participated in the American programs, with an eye on sharing knowledge to overcome difficulties faced by both nations’ railgun programs in order to deliver a functional railgun.

For our high octane speculation purposes today, the real questions are these: (1) to what extent have such weapons been deployed on ships and aircraft for local defense against hyper-sonic weapons, (2) to what extent have these types of systems been scaled up for ship-to-ship ballistic bombardment systems, (3) to what extent have these systems been deployed in space as satellite defense systems, (4) to what extent have these systems been scaled up as operational or even strategic land or space-based long range ballistic bombardment systems (actual rods of god systems)? Can such systems be used to launch non-ballistic precision-guided munitions?

Rest assured, the timing of Japan's announcement as the world is melting into a hysteria of war is not accidental. And rest assured, those questions that I've outlined here are being carefully pondered and weighed in the major capitals of the world right now.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. xtuart b on October 23, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Sea-borne RGs make a lot more sense than either land or space. You’d need the large G-T’s used for marine propulsion, to also charge up the giant capacitors needed to flash the mag field for the gun. Difficult to do on land, and next to impossible in a space setting (for this reason, I imagine sat-based RoGs would likely be one-pop affairs, requiring swarms to be effective in a theatre, just like those suicide drones..
    I heard that the Russ hypersonics can make abrupt and unpredictable course-changes in flight when near to target. Any RG defence would need to be impossibly agile to counter them, I think. They’d have more application in aggressive strikes against large, static ground or marine targets – say, for instance, a big building, where the large KE and possibly near-vertical end-trajectory could cause unparalleled damage from a great distance. Perhaps a hospital?

  2. Nidster - on October 22, 2023 at 3:53 am

    If I were advising Japan, it would be to also keep close tabs on the leader of the world’s most isolated country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. A person who has been known to flout international sanctions in order to develop North Korea’s weapons program, some indications they have been closely associated with Iran’s wacky leaders. Both countries are suspected of having highly developed destructive weapons. North Korea’s ‘leader’ is especially viewed as a being a direct threat to neighboring South Korea and Japan. Kim Jong Un’s mental state has also been in question by many, and over a long period of time.

    • Michael UK on October 22, 2023 at 3:12 pm

      Likewise Sleepy Joe. To travel on a whirlwind trip to the Middle East and fail to meet any of the regions leaders, movers and shakers other than a primary funder, speaks volumes about his deficient mental capacity and inability to broker a lasting permanent peace for the world.

    • anakephalaiosis on October 23, 2023 at 3:00 am

      Jewish royalty in Europe is an affront, that can only be explained, as a series of secret coups d’état, by Catholic assassination guilds, whose coordination can only have be carried out by the Vatican.

      The USA’s efforts, to take out leaders of every country in the world, makes the USA the primary assassin, carrying out Vatican orders, which makes the USA a de facto Catholic slave army.

      The USA’s imprint, on Europe, is thereby defined, as a Catholic onslaught on Protestant positions, which means, that Americans are in support of Jewish royalty in Europe, as a Catholic takeover.

      It is in Odin’s interest, to expand infrastructure, by land bridge, into the Americas, to uproot Catholicism, and destroy the Vatican’s stronghold, by taking out Big Chief Swampington.

      • anakephalaiosis on October 23, 2023 at 3:26 am

        BTW, the proper response, to feminist America, that has been attacking patriarchal structures, around the globe, is to be taken out with the garbage, and Odin is the supreme patriarchal leadership, that is specially designed, to do precisely that, with track record of destroying empires.

  3. Michael UK on October 21, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    I would recommend treating Japan’s claims with a large pinch of salt. We were sold the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction by the USA and UK. Most advanced weapons claims are purely grandstanding. It will be interesting to see what weapons are deployed over the coming days and weeks and whether they have pin point precision or just scatter guns! Perhaps a new player will demonstrate its capabilities.

    • anakephalaiosis on October 22, 2023 at 2:36 am

      Jewish royalty in Europe is increasingly exposed, and will need to ramp up the wet works, before indigenous grassroots start showing up with pitchforks.

      Freemasonry, as a Jesuit-controlled assassination guild of minor backstabbings, is locally recruited, and unwilling to do local wet works, amongst their own neighbours.

      ClA/Mōssad/Ml6 has dwindling resources, to provide international assassination services, and that is, why a security centre, in the Ukraine, is needed.

      To recruit assassins, a cold war climate is precondition for radicalisation, which means ramping up paper tigers, on the chessboard.

      New Judea assassination service:

      • anakephalaiosis on October 22, 2023 at 2:58 am

        BTW, it’s no secret, that the Jewish royalty want me to stop breathing, and, that the sensation is mutual. I radicalise the grassroots, and the pretenders want to ramp up the cold war warriors. Pretenders have all the guns, whereas I have all the humour, in the Sherwood forest.

  4. Paolo on October 21, 2023 at 8:35 am

    There was a similar ‘Device’ spotted on a Chinese ship from a few years ago. Now the Japanese are saying that they have one too.

    My original hypothesis was that if a war, invasion, was coming towards Taiwan, there would be a War of The Missiles before all else. Perhaps I need to update that hypothesis.

    Looks like the Japanese will be building Yamato 2.0 soon to compliment their New Kaga aircraft carrier.

    Rods of God are about four decades old. As for shooting the Rod Platforms down fom space; before you can shoot down anything, you first have to spot it.

    Where is the USA in all of this? We have had a Rail-Gun labratory, run by the US Navy, for decades now too.

    I see your Rail Gun and raise you one Gauss Cannon.

  5. anakephalaiosis on October 21, 2023 at 3:38 am

    There is no “rod of god” technology, only cowardly idiots throwing rocks from space, who are living in glass houses.

    Japan is providing a decoy for deniability, so that use of rock throwing space weapons can be given terrestrial cover.

    Because, satellites, with such capability, would be literally just sitting there, in orbit, waiting, to be taken out, given an excuse.

    Satellites are sitting ducks, as no game wallflowers.

    • anakephalaiosis on October 21, 2023 at 4:08 am

      BTW, the Vatican is head of the snake, and also a vulnerable “satellite”, that easily can be taken out, and whose only protection is Jesuit deception.

      To draw attention away from itself, the Vatican doesn’t want to be seen, as a big fat turkey, dangling in orbit, ready for Thanksgiving.

      The Vatican’s two weak spots are its geostationary, orbital control grid, and the crack-in-the-wall land bridge, that can escape the reservation.

      The pope has nightmares about Genghis Khan.

    • nightowl on November 2, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      If this rail gun is state of the art…
      The designers need to read “Art of the Start” by Guy Kawasaki.
      This particular railgun is about as powerful as a 30 calibre rifle.
      Has about the same range and nowhere near as accurate.

      Smoke and Mirrors gents.

  6. marcos toledo on October 20, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Japan was used as a front for developing weapons that used to be considered something out of Syfy.

  7. Peter on October 20, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    This question might show how clueless I am about physics, but are the Rods from God Shot from space? I was under the impression they were kind of just .dropped from space, and then the targeting is adjusted while the rod is falling with some sort of fins or boosters or something. A railgun in space makes sense too. For what it’s worth, I know someone that works on that program and confirmed its existence.

  8. FiatLux on October 20, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder whether this technology has applications that aren’t strictly military, such as launching spacecraft, whether from the Earth or from a space-based platform . . .

    • Richard on October 21, 2023 at 5:45 pm

      Been wondering that also.

      In one’s view, there seems to be variations on a theme in progress. Cost efficiency, too, when you consider what sharing amongst allies could mean and what intelligence has been discovered from snooping.

      Although not certain, there is talk about successful room temperature superconducting experiments, possibly why the US Navy put its [railgun] projects on the back burners for now. Variations of applications seem almost endless.

  9. Robert Barricklow on October 20, 2023 at 11:50 am

    How many weapons are not known – invisible?
    How many weapons are being withheld from public knowledge?
    How many of those weapons are going to be turned on the number one enemy of the New World Order? The public? Specifically, an informed public< A public in favor of free speech? Of the right to bare arms? In other words, what's so good about these high-technology weapons; if their eventual use, is going to be used against the public – their supposed beneficiaries?

    I wonder when the electromagnetic pistol will be on the shelves?
    Or, is that weapon; for police and military only?
    A fine line for end-user use?
    No doubt, criminal use will be the prevalent end-user.
    Think Ukraine, for example.

    No doubt, space is being primed for action.

    But watch out for sore losers.
    "They" might put shiftless sands, in the space-orbit gears; of progre$$.
    There goes the surveillance, totalitarian, technocratic-state!
    Lost to the sands of time.

  10. Bizantura on October 20, 2023 at 5:43 am

    Better prepare with WW3 on the horizon. The EU is best prepared, we emptied our weapons stock by giving it all to the Ukraine. Made ourselves poor by cutting ourselves of from any energy source. No recources nor energy to replenish anything. What we do have is “cannon fodder” to enlist in whatever mercenary army the EU deems necessary so Royal Houses and imps can sleep tight again in the knowledge their adversaries get culled into oblivion. Whatever is left of any population, lock them up in a copied gaza strip confinement and leave them to die.

    • CaireannW on October 20, 2023 at 9:06 am

      Doom and gloom is easy. When will the conversation start turning towards what can and can’t be done about all of this?

      • Bizantura on October 20, 2023 at 9:41 am

        I use prayer and local community relationships.

      • nightowl on November 2, 2023 at 5:23 pm

        I remember having one of these as a child. It too was but a toy.
        Seriously folks, this railgun is about as powerful and child’s pellet rifle.
        Look at the cables going to the rail coils, you’d be lucky to send 10 amps of current down that thinkness of wire.
        And if they’re not coil cables they will be sensor leads.
        Without closely controlled lengths for all sensor leads you have inaccurate coil firing times, poor target accuracy and minimal energy down on the target.
        Now look at the raqil sparks output from the barrel, it’s pathetic compared to the Raytheon and General Dynamics test beds.
        There’s a good reason the video has no sound.
        Real Railguns are extremely noisy.
        This one is just ….
        Absolutely pathetic.

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