“Metal Storm” – the very name provokes a mental image of metal raining from the skies.
Which, really, wasn’t far off the mark.
Metal Storm – developed by Metal Storm Ltd. (based in Brisbane, Australia) – had the ability to fire off a staggering amount of ammunition. The prototype projectile machine gun system (one of several systems developed) was rated at 16,000 rounds of ammunition each second.
How could it do such a thing?
So, how did the Metal Storm system avoid the traditional problem? With a combination of projectile design and an electronic firing system – the barrel and magazine were combined as a single unit, eliminating the need for a traditional firing mechanism.
So, what kind of weapons are we looking at?
First up – the 9mm stacked projectile machine gun discussed above (named “Bertha”) had 36 barrels. As a prototype, it demonstrated a firing rate of just over 1 million rounds per minute for a 180-round burst of 0.01 seconds. Firing within 0.1 seconds from up to 1600 barrels (at maximum configuration), the weapon system gun claimed a maximum rate of fire of 1.62 million rounds per minute – and creating a dense wall of 24,000 projectiles. Indeed, a metal storm.