Friday, February 10, 2012

Navy To Test Fire Prototype Railgun Next Week

          The Navy is set to fire off a sufficient number of shots to test the BAE Systems-built version Railgun's barrrel structural integrity and life. The railgun is designed to fire the same rounds as the ones aboard U.S. warships. The gun works by propelling the round through the barrel not by gunpowder but by the electomagnets lined inside the gun. The Navy is planning the fully developed version to fire its rounds at speeds of Mach 7.

          Once the Railgun is complete it is expected so save the Navy millions in maintence cost since the weapon uses electromagnetic energy and won't have to use traditional rounds. Watch a video of it below.


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