Experimental Navy Weapon to Undergo Testing in Virginia

December 10, 2010

Senior Navy officials will be at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren as a futuristic new weapon is demonstrated.

Friday's demonstration involves an experimental surface ship weapon called an electronic railgun. It hits targets at ranges nearly 20 times farther than conventional surface weapons.

The railgun uses kinetic energy to fire a projectile. The system would be capable of firing six to 12 rounds per minute and at a high degree of accuracy, according to the Navy.

The new munition would eliminate the need for a high-energy explosive new used in conventional weapons. The railgun is being developed for use on a wide range of ships.

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