Apr 13, 2012

Electromagnetic Rail Gun

A railgun fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants. Magnetic fields created by strong electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor between two rails to launch projectiles at about 7,200 to 9,000 kilometers per hour, compared to perhaps 5,400 kilometers per hour for a conventional gun. By equipping ships with railguns rather than standard artillery, the Navy could eliminate the hazards of having high explosives on board ships.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea about the lack of some explosives, I hope it is as dependable!
    But there will still be the working parties to on-load the projectiles.

    Oh the fun of at sea ammo on-load working parties from the ammo ship!


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