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New 'Star Wars' gun fires shells seven times the speed of sound through concrete -- 100 miles away

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/11/2014 (3 years ago)
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U.S. Navy to undergo trial runs in next two years

A futuristic lethal new weapon capable of firing a shell at seven times the speed of sound has since been successfully tested on land. Conjuring up images of iconic sci-fi villains as Darth Vader, researchers have called the new rail gun as being of 'Star Wars' technology."

The rail gun will be mounted on high-speed vessel the USNS Millinocket for sea trials in 2016.

The rail gun will be mounted on high-speed vessel the USNS Millinocket for sea trials in 2016.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/11/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Rail gun, U.S. Navy, Star Wars


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Trials for the deadly new device will begin on a U.S. warship planned for the next two years.

Using electromagnetic energy, the gun can fire a shell weighing 10 kilograms at up to 5,400 miles per hour over 100 miles. The rail gun boasts such force and accuracy it actually penetrates three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates.

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Using electromagnetic energy, the gun can fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400 mph over 100 mil

Using electromagnetic energy, the gun can fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400 mph over 100 miles - with such force and accuracy it penetrates three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates.


Two prototypes of the weapon, one by British arms manufacturer BAE Systems and the second by a U.S. firm are being developed for the U.S. Navy.

"It's now reality and it's not science fiction," Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, head of U.S. Naval Research says. Klunder says that the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun - so called because it fires from two parallel rails - has already undergone extensive testing on land.

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, head of U.S. Naval Research, said the futuristic electromagnetic rail

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, head of U.S. Naval Research, said the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun - so called because it fires from two parallel rails - had already undergone extensive testing on land.


The rail gun will be mounted on high-speed vessel the USNS Millinocket for sea trials in 2016.

"It's firing. An electromagnetic rail gun is a gun that uses just electricity - no gun powder - and can shoot a projectile well over 100 miles at Mach 7. Energetic weapons, such as EM rail guns, are the future of naval combat."

Coincidentally, electromagnetic launchers were one of the areas researched by Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed "Star Wars" after George Lucas' science-fiction series.

"It will help us in air defense, it will help us in cruise missile defense, it will help us in ballistic missile defense . we're also talking about a gun that's going to shoot a projectile that's about one one-hundredth of the cost of an existing missile system today," Klunder says.


"It will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go, 'Do I even want to go engage a naval ship?'"

The weapon relies on speed rather than explosives to destroy its target and comes equipped with the menacing Latin motto "I, who am speed, eradicate".

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Artist's rendering of the high-speed vessel the USNS Millinocket.


Using an electromagnetic force known as the Lorenz Force, the gun accelerates a projectile between two rails that conduct electricity, before launching it at ferocious speed. In other words, the device can fire further than conventional guns -- and maintain enough kinetic energy to inflict tremendous damage.

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