The Navy's Explosive Super Weapon Crushes Speed Records

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Here are some photos of the Navy testing its new electromagnetic railgun at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The railgun fires at 10.44 megajoules, with a muzzle velocity of 2520 meters per second. Click through for more details and a gallery of splodey pics.

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Future Navy ships will use electric drive propulsion, making the electric-powered railgun possible. The railgun sends current along parallel rails, creating an electromagnetic force so powerful, it can shoot a metal projectile at record-breaking speeds. Photos by AP/U.S. Navy, John F. Williams [Gizmodo]

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ManchuCandidate
ManchuCandidate

@7Zark7 Iz In Ur Internetz:

No tank or airplane is big enough to house the equipment required for one of these things. Only ships can (for now.)

@Pope John Peeps II:

I suspect it's tungsten.