US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights

US Navy image shows the Electromagnetic Railgun which employs vast amounts of electromagnetic energy to fire a projectile and represents a paradigm shift in ballistic technologyThe US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials have voiced concerns over its cost and viability. Named the railgun, the weapon in question represents a paradigm shift in ballistic technology. Instead of using gunpowder and explosive charges to shoot a shell from its barrel, it employs vast amounts of electromagnetic energy to zoom a projectile along a set of copper-alloy rails.

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