Moving past the gun powder age to rail guns

Daily Mail:

The military railgun that fires 'bullets' at SIX TIMES the speed of sound: Footage shows weapon reaching immense Mach 6 speeds

The military railgun that fires 'bullets' at SIX times the speed of sound: Footage shows
The Blitzer railgun (pictured) designed by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), uses electromagnets to send its projectiles hurtling off at thousands of miles per hour. The US Navy is reported to be planning tests of the railgun aboard a naval destroyer by summer.
This is a quantum leap in fire power for whips with the electric capacity to fire the gun.  It should be cheaper to operate and have a longer effective range.  It might someday also be sued to shoot down incoming missiles.

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