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US Navy Tests Rail Gun
US Navy Rail Gun

US Navy Rail Gun
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The US Navy has successfully tested a rail gun capable of target ranges in excess of 100 nautical miles, five times the range of current projectile guns.

Rail guns operate from massive amounts of electricity rather than a chemical propellant. Not having to store gun powder is a distinct safety advantage for ship use. The projectile does not have a war head for an explosion, the speed of the projectile is enough to disrupt and destroy a target.



The time-line for deployment as an active weapon on board ships is by 2020. The newest Zumwalt class of destroyers will be the first to use the new rail guns.

Zumwalt class destroyer


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