The U.S. Navy has developed an electromagnetic weapon that “launches and accelerates conductive projectiles along pairs of metal rails using the effects of a strong magnetic field; it can accelerate a seven pound projectile to a speed of 5,600 miles per hour.” Continue reading for a video.

Navy officials said that the range of a railgun is up to 20 times greater than that of conventional weapon systems. A projectile could reach a target 290 miles away in less than six minutes and impact it with incredible force.

[via DailyMail]