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U.S. Navy Document: Electromagnetic Railgun Is Coming Soon (We Think)

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After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.

U.S. Navy Document: Electromagnetic Railgun Is Coming Soon (We Think)

Even with a shipboard demonstrator, however, it's unlikely the railgun will see action as an armor-liquefying superweapon. A June 2017 Congressional Research Service report indicated that while the Navy "originally began developing [railgun] as a naval surface fire support (NSFS) weapon for supporting U.S. Marines operating ashore," the branch subsequently determined that the weapon "also has potential" for defending surface vessels from incoming missiles.

After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.

(This first appeared in Task & Purpose here last month.) 

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