The BAE Systems Mk 38 is a giant gun made for obliterating things at sea. It not only packs massive firepower, but sophisticated optics—IR vision and laser aiming. All this, controlled indoors by a guy on a joystick.
Is this the way war’s heading? The enormous use of drone strikes has already distanced soldiers from the act of killing—and although it’s safe, critics wonder whether being thousands of miles away from your foe makes war a more lighthearted affair. A gun like this seems like it could be part of that problem.