March 28, 2009

Duke Nukem watch out…rail guns for real

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 3:59 pm by waynezwhirled

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The Navy has contracted for a rail gun that will send projectiles at Mach 5 to a range greater than 200 nautical miles! Wow. “An electromagnetic railgun uses electrical energy to accelerate projectiles to extreme velocities. Railguns do not require chemical propellants to fire the round or explosives to create an explosive effect on impact — thereby freeing magazine space for other mission areas or additional projectiles. The high-velocity kinetic impact of the round is so great that even a solid metal round can have an explosive effect. In addition, electromagnetic guns provide a highly consistent and uniform propulsion that allows for much greater accuracy.”

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