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U.S. Navy Test Fires Sci Fi Rail Gun Weapon

The rail gun could be used to hit targets hundreds of miles away within minutes.

The rail gun could be used to hit targets hundreds of miles away within minutes.

The U.S. Navy has test fired a weapon straight out of a science fiction film called a rail gun. The weapon weapon can hit a target 100 miles or more away within minutes.

The military has been testing the weaponery and technology behind it for years. Electomagnetic current accelerates a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile zips along a set of electrically charged rails and out of the barrel at speeds up to Mach 7.

The weapon generates so much heat it can melt the components inside.

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