US Navy readies electromagnetic rail guns – an annotated graphic

The US Navy is apparently having a lot of fun with taxpayers’ dollars. Not content with plans to install high-power laser weapons (as we reported in April 2013, with an accompanying spiffy infographic), now they’re fooling around with electromagnetic railgun weapons that can fire projectiles further and faster than any previous gun. Tons of fun to had there, we’re sure. Prototype launchers, built by BAE Systems, are expected to be delivered in 2014. Instead of using a chemical explosive, a railgun creates a magnetic force between two power rails conducting large amounts of electricity. The magnetic pulse can send a … Continue reading US Navy readies electromagnetic rail guns – an annotated graphic