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Navy Railgun Annihilates Steel Plates in Live Fire Test

by Shane McGlaun
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We have talked about the awe-inspiring railgun that the US Navy has been working on before. The last time we mentioned it the gun was test fired at 32-megajoules and looked incredible doing it. The Navy wants to replace the giant deck guns on its ships and one day the railgun may do just that.

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The most recent test firing of the railgun sees the hyper-velocity shell blasting through steel plates like they are nothing at a speed of around 5,600 mph. Another cool thing about these incredibly fast projectiles is that they are guided and can reach out and destroy a bad guy from over 100 miles away.

One big difference in this test firing is that instead of looking like a hammer, the projectile in this test is streamlined and much more precise. This is one of the coolest videos I have seen in a while, check it out.

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[via Foxtrot Alpha]



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