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Railguns; The Future Is Now!

08 Apr

The US Navy has a rail gun ready for deployment!

“The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a “Star Wars” technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy’s research chief said.”

Quote from The Raw Story news release

The Navy hopes that this technology will open up a whole line of new weapons that are cheaper and more powerful than current missile technology, for use in both offensive and defensive roles. They’re deploying the new gun on the USNS Millinocket, one of three Spearhead class ships. The Spearhead is a new design called the Joint High Speed Vessel, designed for speed and flexibility for rapid troop deployments.

An experimental gun mounted on a new class of high speed ship.

Does anyone else hear the theme from Star Blazers playing?

Check out this bad boy in action:

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Cool Stuff

 

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