I’d say that war just got real, but… yeah. It’s war. It was already pretty real.
The newest version of the railgun, just unveiled by the U.S. military, takes things to a whole new level, though. This thing is ridiculous. It’s not an understatement to say that it could revolutionize the way battles are fought.
Previously, railguns were gigantic and only the biggest naval warships could carry one. That is changing. As you can see in the image below, the military has developed a prototype for a railgun that is smaller and far more mobile. Also, from the look of things, it’s far more deadly.
The tech blog Gizmodo lists the specs of this impressive thing. Apparently, it “fires a 40-pound metal slug up to 5,600 miles per hour… slamming into its target with 32 times the force of a 1-ton car being thrust at 100 mph.”
The video here does a pretty good job of showing off the power of this beast. Make sure to watch all the way to the end.
Railguns are designed to be destruction machines. They can be used to fire at targets on land, in the air or in the sea. The military reportedly has hopes that this new gun could even be used to fire at incoming missiles.
This new gun fires projectiles that contain no explosives, yet are unbelievably damaging. Currently, the gun is being tested with non-aerodynamic projectiles (basically, just hunts of jagged metal) so that there is minimal risk of the projectile going off course and destroying a small town. Eventually, even more destructive ammunition will be used.
This particular railgun is expected to remain in testing for several more years, so any enemies that were planning on launching an attack at the United States may want to do so in the very near future.