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A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And it's quite real too, as the U.S. Navy has proven in a record-setting test today in Dahlgren, VA.
Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, the technology uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile zips along a set of electrically charged parallel rails and out of the barrel at speeds up to Mach 7.
Originally posted by 11:11
Can you imagine if they could pump these things out to soldiers (I didn't look at the article so don't know if these are handheld things or what?) Now imagine the weaponry that the public does not know about.
Originally posted by XxRagingxPandaxX
Ausome... another weapon to police third world countries with!
Originally posted by wonderboy2402
This isn't anything new... I remember reading about it in popular mechanics years back while in school.
These things are so massive, and require so much energy that for the time being would be limited to warships or I guess stationary infrastructure.
I'll sit up when I see the first ship equipped with these doing test runs on derelict ships and splitting them in half. =]