The Navy set a new world record for the most powerful electromagnetic railgun when it fired a test shot here Thursday morning.
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The Navy has begun developing a futuristic “hypercannon” that could someday hit a target more than 200 miles away, using technology that may be more familiar to students of science fiction than modern naval weaponry.
The U.S. Navy said it generated on Thursday the strongest-ever force of its kind used to fire a futuristic weapon designed to boost naval gunfire range more than 10 times by 2020.
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With airports and highways more congested than ever, new steel-wheel and maglev lines that move millions in Europe and Japan have the potential to resurrect the age of American railroads.