The U.S. Navy Is set to test fire its electromagnetic new rail gun, which fires projectiles at 7 times the speed of sound 110 miles away. The massive increase in speed allows the Navy to fire relatively cheap $25,000 projectiles instead of currently used $600,000 missiles to take out another ship, building or similar targets.
“You could throw anything at us, frankly, and the fact that we now can shoot a number of these rounds at a very affordable cost,… Your magazine never runs out, you just keep shooting, and that’s compelling”, says Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research.
Rear Admiral Bryant Fuller added, “The electromagnetic railgun represents an incredible new offensive capability for the US Navy.” The rail gun has already undergone extensive testing on land.
No decision yet as to which class of ship the new rail guns will be installed on, but current theory suggests aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates are likely candidates.
Another added bonus, ships will rail guns will not need to carry near as much explosive weaponry like missiles. The kinetic energy of a metal projectile moving at 7 times the speed of sound will create an explosive impact onto whatever target it hits.
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