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US Navy Railgun starts fire on the field (video)

Radical new weapon set for its first tests outside the lab

“Railguns and other directed-energy weapons are the future of maritime superiority,” said Dr. Thomas Beutner, head of ONR’s naval air warfare and weapons department. “The U.S. Navy must be the first to field this leap-ahead technology and maintain the advantage over our adversaries.”

An electric pulse is sent to the railgun which creates an electromagnetic force which releases the projectile at Mach 6, or 4,500 mph.

The immense kinetic energy generated by the hypersonic weapon is then transferred to the target on impact, obliterating it.

The electromagnetic force generated can be adjusted, depending on range of the target.

For technical details follow the link:

https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Departments/Code-35/All-Programs/air-warfare-352/Electromagnetic-Railgun

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