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  • Watch the US Navy fire its game-changing hypersonic electromagnetic railgun

    03/27/2017 8:55:09 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 27 Mar, 2017 | Alex Lockie
    he US Navy recently released footage of its first testfire of an electromagnetic railgun at their new terminal at Office of Naval Research and Naval Surface Warfare Center. Railguns use 20 to 32 mega joules of electromagnetic energy to fire projectiles at seven to nine times the speed of sound, according to a Congressional Research Service report on the weapons. Because they fire with electricity alone — not chemical explosives like conventional ammunition — railguns can potentially operate much cheaper and fire much much faster than weapons currently used by the Navy. The Navy has long sought the technology as...
  • US Navy Receiving First Pulse Power Units for Railgun Program - Raytheon

    06/03/2016 4:30:57 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 13 replies
    Sputniknews ^ | 24.05.2016 | Unknown
    The US Navy has started to receive its first power pulse modules, in container form, to power its experimental particle railgun, the Raytheon Company said in a press release on Monday. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Raytheon's pulse power container design was developed for a $10 million contract with Naval Sea Systems Command to develop a pulsed power system, which will enable land or sea-based projectiles to reach great distances without the use of an explosive charge or rocket motor, the release added. US missile defense © Flickr/ U.S. Missile Defense Agency Reliance on Kinetic Missile Defense Systems Puts US at Disadvantage...
  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

    05/29/2016 11:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
    A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the...
  • FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET (A First Look at America’s Supergun)

    05/27/2016 10:28:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 88 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 27, 2016 | Julian E. Barnes
    DAHLGREN, Va.—A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep...
  • Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon ...penetrates concrete 100 MILES away

    02/15/2016 10:53:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 12:56 EST, 15 February 2016 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    FULL TITLE: Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon could be used on a new stealth warship: Gun that penetrates concrete 100 MILES away to be ready in 2018 Rail gun can fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400mph with such force that it penetrates three concrete walls Weapon uses electricity instead of gunpowder to accelerate a projectile at six or seven times the speed of sound Navy wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an unit aboard one of its new Zumwalt-class destroyers A radical new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed...
  • 3D printing Make Plasma Railgun

    10/26/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 7 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/26/2015 | D Breteau
    A Real Railgun Made By 3D Printing – Fires 560 MPH Plasma ProjectilesIf you think the image above looks frightening, you’re right. The crazy contraption pictured in the image is the first portable railgun, a futuristic projectile launcher associated most commonly with the military or NASA. The man in the image above isn’t in the military, and he’s not a NASA engineer. Instead, he’s a civilian who used some engineering smarts, some widely available parts and a 3D printer to create a functioning weapon that can fire graphite, aluminum, tungsten and even plasma projectiles at speeds of more than 560...
  • Homemade Portable Railgun Approaches Air Rifle Energies

    10/19/2015 5:47:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A homebuilt, portable railgun is claimed to have achieved projectile energies comparable to commonly available air rifles.In the picture above, the capacitors, which store the railgun electrical energy, have been painted white.  They are the large cylindrical objects at the front and bottom of the gun.. Here is a video of a test of the railgun.  The rail gun can be carried, contains its own power supply for a single shot, and expels a projectile fast enough to make a half inch dent in plywood.  It probably would have penetrated the plywood, if the plywood had not had a...
  • 3D Printing Used to Make First Real Handheld Railgun, which Fires Plasma Projectiles at 560 mph

    10/19/2015 10:56:22 AM PDT · by anymouse · 69 replies
    BGR News ^ | October 19, 2015 | Zach Epstein
    If you think the image above looks frightening, you’re right. The crazy contraption pictured in the image is the first portable railgun, a futuristic projectile launcher associated most commonly with the military or NASA. The man in the image above isn’t in the military, and he’s not a NASA engineer. Instead, he’s a civilian who used some engineering smarts, some widely available parts and a 3D printer to create a functioning weapon that can fire graphite, aluminum, tungsten and even plasma projectiles at speeds of more than 560 mph. And then there’s the best part: There are videos of this...
  • US Navy will field 100 kilowatt or stronger lasers and ten shot per minute railguns by 2020

    07/31/2015 1:43:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 07-28-2015 | Author: Brian Wang
    The US Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate. Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, chief engineer at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), said in a panel presentation at the Directed Energy Summit, hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Booz Allen Hamilton, that both follow-on technologies should be in the hands of sailors in the fleet by 2020. “Sometime in the very near future” the...
  • Japan Defense Ministry Unveiled Details of "27DD" Class Railgun & Laser armed AEGIS Destroyer

    07/23/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 July 2015
    According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) request for proposal (RfP) to bidding contractors, the 27DD destroyers will incorporate a number of design changes compared to the first batch of Atago class guided missile destroyers. 27DD AEGIS Guided Missile Destroyer technical specifications and layout First, the hull of 27DD has been enlarged to an empty displacement of 8,200 tons compared to the original Atago's 7,700 tons. It is believed in the Japanese defense community that the enlargement of the hull was conceived in order to provide a necessary growth space for advanced naval weapon systems that are currently under...
  • Navy Researching Firing Mach 5 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

    06/01/2015 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    USNI ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Sam LaGrone
    The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at five times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Using rounds initially designed for the service’s emerging electromagnetic railgun, Naval Sea Systems Command are now in early testing phases of using the planned hyper velocity projectile (HVPs) with the service’s existing gunpowder-based deck guns found on almost every U.S. Navy surface ship, NAVSEA told USNI News. The HVPs from a traditional deck gun will be slower than one launched from a railgun — a little...
  • Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

    06/02/2015 6:32:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    CORRECTION: This post has been updated to include a new statement from Naval Sea Systems Command that changes one previously given to USNI News revising the planned speed of hyper velocity projectile fired from a Mk 45 naval gun from Mach 5 to Mach 3. The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at three times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Using rounds initially designed for the service’s emerging electromagnetic railgun, Naval Sea Systems Command are now in early testing phases of...
  • This Is Why the Navy Can't Have Nice Railguns

    03/01/2015 7:09:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    motherboard ^ | 2-9-15 | Ben Richmond
    ​The US Navy has been wowing people with electromagnetic railguns, a long-range electrically-powered weapon, in concept and prototy​pe for years now. But the single big obstacle that keeps the railgun off boats remains the same as it ever was: ships can’t generate enough power to fire them. At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, Vice Adm. William Hilarides explaine​d that three problems with the railgun remain: room on ships, integrating the new weapons with the old weapons systems, and power—as in, not enough of it. The railgun doesn’t rely on chemical explosions like more conventional weapons. Instead, the...
  • Radical railgun revealed: US Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon that can fire shells at mach 6 [truncated]

    02/06/2015 6:22:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    A radical new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been shown off in public for the first time. Described as 'Star Wars technology' by researchers, the railgun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound, and penetrate concrete 100 miles away. The weapon was on display to the public for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Do It Yourself Homemade Railgun

    08/12/2014 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 39 replies
    Do It Yourself Gadgets ^ | Friday, October 4, 2013 | Ameres Valentin
    Homemade Railgun Experiment Yes, that's right. After gathering all the materials I built my first little railgun experiment. Read the whole article after the break! Let's first take a look at how a railgun works, a video about the whole topic can be found here. Similar to a coilgun, a railgun works by magnetic propulsion. A basic railgun consists of three parts: A set of parallel, metal rails, a huge powersource like a capacitorbank and a metal projectile. Here is a railgun's schematic for your convenience. What happens inside a railgun? There's a huge current flowing through the rails and...
  • The 5,400mph superweapon: 'Star Wars' gun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound through

    04/11/2014 5:31:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2014 | David Williams
    A lethal new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been successfully tested on land. Described as ‘Star Wars technology’ by researchers, such a device has belonged solely to the world of science fiction for decades. But now it is close to a reality with sea trials on a US warship planned in two years.
  • U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

    04/07/2014 6:43:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 89 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said. Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, the chief of Naval Research, told a round table group recently the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016. "It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually...
  • The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars'

    02/17/2014 7:45:26 PM PST · by blam · 96 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 2-16-2014 | David Sharp
    The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars' David Sharp, Associated PressFebuary 16,2014 BATH, Maine (AP) — Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years. For the Navy, it's not so much about the whiz-bang...
  • In Pursuit of the U.S. Navy’s Next Surface Combatant

    01/16/2014 1:08:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | January 14, 2014 | By USNI News Editor
    The Navy needs to perfect three technologies on its quest for its next generation of large warships, Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden, director of surface warfare (N96) for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) told USNI News in an interview in the Pentagon on Jan. 9. Energy weapons (like lasers), electromagnetic rail guns and advanced energy systems to power the new weapons are all likely to be part of the next major surface ship, though the specifics for a ship (or ships) — which won’t begin construction in 15 years — are far from settled. “There’s some technologies...
  • The U.S. Navy Rides the Rail

    04/07/2013 12:05:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 145 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2013 | Brendon S. Peck
    Widely held as the Holy Grail of weapons design, the Electromagnetic Rail Gun has been in development for more than a century. Now, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the U.S. Navy, it will soon be part of our arsenal. Unconventional, Multifunctional and Motivating The rail gun is marvel of modern warfare. Unlike conventional weapons, which are reliant upon an assortment of chemical propellants, the EMRG does not require rocket fuel, gunpowder, or gas. Instead, electromagnetic energy is used to fire shells. To produce this surge of energy, electricity is poured though a pair of parallel rails and the current...