Here’s some military genius to appreciate as we honor the fallen this Memorial Day weekend.The Navy has been experimenting with a “Supergun,” one which can fire a 25-pound football- sized projectile through steel – leaving a five inch hole in the process.
Watch it in action below:
The Wall Street Journal has the scoop:The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the U.S. ahead of advancing Russian and Chinese weaponry.
In conventional guns, a bullet loses velocity from the moment the gunpowder ignites and sends it flying. The railgun projectile instead gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second.
“This is going to change the way we fight,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research.The Navy developed the railgun as a potent offensive weapon to blow holes in enemy ships, destroy tanks and level terrorist camps. The weapon system has the attention of top Pentagon officials also interested in its potential to knock enemy missiles out of the sky more inexpensively and in greater numbers than current missile-defense systems—perhaps within a decade.
It’ll be fun to see this thing in action. Hopefully a few thousand jihadis will have their wishes of martyrdom fulfilled.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]