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Navy Testing Electromagnetic Railgun

March 1, 2012 by  

Navy Testing Electromagnetic Railgun

The Navy has announced that it is getting close to developing an electromagnetic gun that can fire rounds at targets more than 100 miles away.

Called an electromagnetic railgun, the weapon consists of parallel rails and uses a magnetic field and electric current to generate energy to fire rounds accurate at up to 115 miles. The weapon will be able to hurl its 40-pound projectile at a speed of 5,600 mph at a rate of 10 guided projectiles per second.

The 5-inch guns currently used on Navy on destroyers typically have a range of about 15 miles.

According to Navy researchers, the weapon’s high-velocity and range would allow ships to provide support for Marines as well as self-defense against cruise and ballistic missiles and could target enemy ships.

The video below shows a Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher that was recently installed at a test facility in Dahlgren, Va. The test shots begin a month-long series of full-energy tests to evaluate the first of two industry-built launchers.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • simian pete

    Amazing ! A 115 mile range ! Awesome ! Could save lives. I wonder if they used these in combat yet ?

    Anti-ship missiles would have to get faster and smarter to beat such a system. That cost mucho bucks ! These “Railguns” will probably get less expensive, while becoming more effective.

    I think the key is what type of superconductor are you using. If you can get near zero to zero friction coming out of the barrel – and spin the projectile to increase it’s mass – you solved a major hurdle. Superconductor cooling is a problem .. obviously the US Navy (second to None) have solved them …

    • Robert Smith

      From simian: “and spin the projectile to increase it’s mass”

      Huh? I’ve heard that about arguments to “make weight” but for a physical object? Which law of physics allows that one?


      • william

        I am no expert, but the spin gives the projectile what is called “inertial mass” which kinda
        keeps its path more stable for a longer amount of time. Some physicist out there could explain it much better than me…

      • cawun cents

        300 and something shuttle missions and you dont think that we already have some working models in space?
        What turnip truck did you just fall off of?
        Of course you have the option to think that there is always full disclosure about what goes into space……
        But what do I know?
        Apparently very little…….

      • 45caliber

        Spinning an item to increase accuracy isn’t new. That is the reason that rifles are far more accurate and long ranged than a shotgun slug. The term “rifle” comes from “rifling” which is what is machined inside a gun barrel to cause the bullet to spin.

      • COAL MINER

        Robert Smith
        Special THEORY of relativity
        The invariant mass of a particle is independent of its velocity v, whereas relativistic mass increases with velocity and tends to infinity as the velocity approaches the speed of light.

      • simian pete

        Robert Smith, Coal Miner,

        Mucho potential , this railgun technology has ! I’m just speculating if they could solve/optimized the projectile to zero friction ! A “superfluidity” of sorts ! The projectile could be self propel, on it’s own, maybe a buildup of electrons on one side ? Aha !
        Just speculating. –

        Which way wshuld the projectile spin ? Like a bullet – or like a frisbee … HA HA HA !! I guess you would have to figure what you wanted the projectile to do ?

        I’m just speculating to much …. Them Navy Brainy engineers/scientist got it all figured out !!

  • Cribster

    How long before the punk-in-chief gives this technology to Iran, China and NOrth Korea?

    • skippy

      Yea, but Cribster…he would have to apologize for having America come up with it FIRST.

      • Andrew C

        So true!

    • 45caliber

      Perhaps that is the “new technology” that Iran has that they want to use to terrify our Navy …

    • Robert Iandolo

      Can we put a seat on one of these things and send Mutchelle on a permanent vacation? Just tell her its a brand new exclusive roller coaster and for every ride we can create a new kids peanut room. She knows about peanuts because her husband has a pair!

      • Joe H

        Robert L.
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Dam it! now I’ve gotta wipe Coke off my “puter”!!! Warn a guy!!!

  • Jim

    Yes, nothihng like giving the Russians and Chinese more to worry about. Not including all their proxies to test it out on.

    • Sirian

      Is it not fairly common that as soon as we develop and test a new weapons system that either the Russians or Chinese are doing the very same with basically the same? How long had we had the F-22 before China had a replica? Wonder how they are getting the technical info – sure, as if we don’t already know.

      • 45caliber

        Well, Clinton sold our ICBM tech to China…

      • Joe H

        Where do you think all that “loan” money comes from?? They’re buying it!!!

  • tim

    cribster, I couldn’t have said it any better!@!!!!!! Except the dumbazz can’t stop doing stupid stuff!!!!

    • Joe H

      Reminds me of the guy that got stopped by the cops and tarted a long drawn arguement with them. Well, they said they were going to arrest him and he asked”on WHAT charge?” The cop didn’t miss a beat and said ” how about terminal stupidity?”

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    If its stupid you can make book the dumbazz will do it.Give it to them wrapped in 100 dollar bills.


    Space anyone?

    Sep 14, 2010 … Firing Scramjets from Railguns NASA/Artist concept … to high altitude aboard the scramjet, which in theory could reach near-orbital speeds. … Using an electrified track stretching for miles, the track would use a magnetic field (or … But these technologies already exist in some nascent form or another.

    • Sirian

      I remember reading an article about the rail launch system clear back in the 70’s. So your right, this is nothing new, simply been developed out under who knows how many “Black Projects”.

    • 45caliber

      Talk about black project research …

      One of the book authors mentioned a certain weapon in a book. The military went to him and wanted to know how he knew of it. He told them that he read the different research papers of different universities and had simply noticed that if you put three of them together it would make an interesting gun. The military asked that he change that weapon in his manuscript.

      I won’t say who or what it was. I just thought it was funny.

    • Robert Iandolo

      I seem to remember Saddam Hussein [not Barack Hussein guys - come on he uses a squirt gun ] had a rail gun or was working on one. But from what I remember it wasn’t electromagnetic, least I don’t think so.
      Is the advantage the distance, speed or cost or some combo? I dig this stuff but don’t have too much in the way of engineering knowledge.

      • 45caliber

        The advantage is both the distance and the speed. The longest reaching artillery now is about 27 miles. A 40 pound shell is about the average large size but 10 a second is a very high rate of fire. It is far more than any artillery piece can do. They are closer to 4 a minute.


    Rail Guns
    Feb 11, 2010 … The PowerLabs Linear ElectroMagnetic Accelerator (“Rail Gun”, or “RailGun”) research project officially began on February 21st 2001 when …

  • Scott

    This appears to be a continuation of the research and development pioneered by Dr. Henry Kolm, a distinguished professor at MIT. I was privileged enough to be a part of this in the early years when Dr. Kolm founded ElectoMagnetic Research in his backyard in the late 1980s. (I was more interested in the magnaplane project but hey, anything that involved magnetic research was interesting to me). At that time the focus was on creating a power source (an inductor) that could power the launcher. It worked out great. The device could launch a projectile the size of a VW Bug over 15 miles with an accuracy to within 100 feet. It was way cool then, I can imagine the cool factor has gone up exponentially with the increased range.



      That must of being an awesome experience.

    • cawun cents

      A 16 inch naval gun already does that.-CC
      The weight of a VW anyhow…..haw!

  • guest on this planet

    These were being worked on 40 years ago , they just are now working on it now?

  • 45caliber

    Ahhh! Progress! Doesn’t it warm your heart?

    I wonder which politician will sell the design to other countries?

  • Antonio

    While you people are praising this technology THEY are using it against you. The same electromagnetic technology here is being used to create storms all over the world. With this electromagnetic tech they can modify, manipulate, and change the weather. Also most of you people are aware of the NWO and therefore you should already know that these weapons are specifically designed to be used against YOU. Apparently most of you have not awakened yet…

    • 45caliber


      Man simply isn’t that capable. Sorry. If they could they would be turning hurricanes away or managing rain for farms. You are confusing man with God. Mankind is basically ants as far as the Earth is concerned.

      • Antonio

        Apparently you are not aware of just what man can do…You have much to learn about scalar EM tech and its a shame that you will never do any research. The only thing you can do good is sit here on this blog and talk about stuff you know nothing about.
        Speaking of God, what do you know about God? Do you even read the bible? Are you aware of the fact that bible talks about weather modifications? Your wrong about the government “would be turning hurricanes away and managing rain for farms” haha are you serious man? Thats is EXACTLY what the governments wants is to create chaos and disasters man. I thought you knew that already, you been here long enough ain’t you?

  • TML

    I want one! I want one! lol

    • Joe H

      Same here! Imagine the deer hunting!!!!! Talk about a long range shot????

  • s c

    I’m entitled to be suspicious of ANYTHING the gubmint does. The ‘convenience factor’ is something that tends to be very tempting to elected types – and that gets us into trouble and keeps us in trouble.
    First, we’ve had a standing army for what seems like a long time. Second, both major parties find ways to “export” democracy. Unending wars are supposedly as American as Mom, apple pie and a certain brand of car I won’t buy. Third, while politicians (should I say their puppet masters?) are always planning contrived emergencies, and so the idea of a new superweapon doesn’t come as a surprise. Very convenient, don’t you think? It might be just in time to strike up the band and start the draft, too.
    Fourth, technology, like it or not, is a two-edged sword. Too many factors have come together in the last 10 years or so, and it seems inevitable that America will get suckered into a world conflagration that NO politician will be able to exit – assuming that an exit is seen as a good idea.
    I’ll withhold my conclusionfor now. Let’s see something developed that will put an end to wars and career criminal politicians and stupid citizens who have faith in those who couldn’t care less about freedom or peace. That’s real change that I can support.

    • Joe H

      A very large AMEN to that last sentence!!!!

  • Chester

    Rail gun THEORY dates back to the 1940′s or even further. Try reading a bit of science fiction for a change. Nearly everything we now consider everyday science was in fiction long before it became fact,

  • i&etechie

    Maybe the projectiles are already spinning before they are introduced to the railgun by the same means of electromagnetivity? Thus the high rate of fire! Very interesting. American ingenuity at work, even if it is for destruction. If we don t build it someone else will (eventually).

  • Larry Pierson

    The energy demands this weapon would place on the power plant of a ship are enormous. And the recoil is equally challenging. To effectively use this weapon will require whole new ship designs, or perhaps, it is time to remove the mothballs from our battleships and replace each triple 16″ cannon mount with one of these guns.

  • FreedomFighter

    This is the beginning of the end of gun powder as a propellent for weapon systems like guns.

    Kinetic energy rail guns combined with energy weapons like lasers will render most other weapon systems useless.

    Think half mile wide beam from an energy weapon sweeping a battlefield frying soft targets instantly and kinetic weapons pounding hard targets.

    I would not want to be an enemy of the USA in the near future.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Larry Pierson

      Death dealing battlefield laser weapons are pipe dream, unlike the ‘hand phaser’ of Star Trek. It could vaporize a half a dozen men simultaneously.

      The energy needed to do that is enormous. If the phaser were 99.9% efficient, it would give the holder of the weapon third degree burns just vaporizing one man.

  • Jeannie

    Blah, blah blah blah blah! This is insanity. Our government needs to stop using the $ to kill and start using the $ to live, love and laugh. All these weapons of mass disturuction…it’s just not necessary.

    • Vigilant

      Jeannie, it’s those weapons that allow you to “to live, love and laugh.”

      Would you rather they were in the hands if a rogue nation?

  • RevNowWhileWeCan

    I love how we can use magnetism to destrot stuff and get ahead of the meaningless curve that is an arms race, yet we refuse to use that same tehnology to advance our species with free power which would catapult use into (finally) a type 1 civilization. SMH! Will Nicola Tesla ever rest in peace?

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  • Vigilant

    That’s a new one: using a link as a screen name. Can’t say that I much like that tactic.


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