BOLO

If you’re familiar with the concept… I have recently been to Ft. Sill, where the first Bolo lives.  Pure to form, it’s a prototype that didn’t get put into production.

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Professionals and folks who keep up on military affairs will recognize it.  It’s otherwise known as the Crusader, and it can fire so fast that it can put 16 shells time-on-target.

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Plus, it’s HUGE.  These pictures really don’t manage to bring out how big that gun is, to actually be mounted on something self-propelled.  Are there bigger guns?  Oh yes.  But bigger guns that are rapid-fire, self-propelled, heavily-armored, and ridiculously automated?

Nuh-uh.  We rock.

You know why else Americans rock?  Atomic cannon.  Yeah, that’s right… it’s the beginning of the nuclear age, and one of our geeky squirrels, you know, the kind who knows precisely how to vaporize your ass from orbit, but looks like he teaches 2nd grade music appreciation, gets this bright idea….

Let’s shoot nukes out of cannons!

And we did.   Here’s  Eason and his officially no-longer-a-figment charming girlfriend, in front of “Atomic Annie.”  I’d say she’s really hot stuff, but Eason might think I meant his girlfriend, and decide to get me vaporized from orbit…

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Oh, while we’re at it, southwest Oklahoma is real pretty, as is the barnacle I seem to have picked up…

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  1. Anna

     /  March 21, 2008

    It is nice to know one’s appreciated, dear. 🙂 Barnacle, eh?
    Seriously, that was an awesome trip!!

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  2. Mike

     /  March 21, 2008

    Offically I couldn’t get you atomized from orbit, but I could order the mission that vaped your house from a computer in Korea.

    I had a great time (so did Tamara). Its nice to have friends who can appreciate a real, live BOLO. Although technically it was never self-aware, it was certainly smart. It only needed a crew of two and was environmentally sealed too. And for those who do not know what a Time On Target (or TOT) is, the concept is an awesome American invention from WWII that worked so well the Germsns thought we had belt-fed howitzers. You shoot a bunch of artillery from all over, and since you have radios and guys who can do math, every artillery round lands on one poor little target within plus or minus 3 seconds of each other. If done correctly (and you have smart enough math geeks who can spread out the srtillery impact points) you can quite literally make entire battalions simple disappear. No BS, we have done it. Actually we have made entire regiments go away, but they were really closely packed so their is debate if we should count it.

    The Crusader TOT was 16 shells fired from THE SAME GUN in 1 minute. So you have one gun that could fire a battalion sized TOT by its lonesome.

    We rock.

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  3. Sweet Trip Russ. Shame I wasn’t there to enjoy it. (which would mean I was no longer in this god forsaken city, a win from both sides). And yes that area can be awfully pretty. I see the mistletoe was doing well when you visited.

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  4. happycrow

     /  March 25, 2008

    Yup… real pretty region, I like it quite a bit.

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  5. Alene

     /  March 25, 2008

    That looks like the most=-fun trip ever! So neat!

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  6. blackpine

     /  March 27, 2008

    I can see why weight would be a consideration for the vehicle. That thing is huge. What is it, 90 tons?

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  7. Mike

     /  March 27, 2008

    72 tons. Heavier than an M1 A1 MBT. And that was the scaled down version.

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