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Utilizing electromagnetic energy, this gun, dubbed the "Star Wars Gun", can fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400mph over 100 miles. It fires with such force and accuracy that it penetrates three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates. So far, two prototypes of the weapon have been developed for the US Navy 0 one by British arms manufacturer BAE Systems and the second by a US firm. Admiral Klunder says, "It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's firing. An electromagnetic railgun is a gun that uses just electricity - no gun powder - and...can shoot a projectile well over 100 miles at Mach 7. Energetic weapons, such as EM railguns, are the future of naval combat." Continue reading for a video and more information.

Admiral Klunder added: "It will help us in air defence, it will help us in cruise missile defense, it will help us in ballistic missile defence...we're also talking about a gun that's going to shoot a projectile that's about one one-hundredth of the cost of an existing missile system today. It...will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go, 'Do I even want to go engage a naval ship?'."









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