Navy Successfully Fires 33-Megajoule Railgun Shot "the 33-megajoule shot means the Navy can fire projectiles at least 110 nautical miles…"the 33-megajoule shot could reach a Mach 5 velocity at extended distances, perhaps more than 200 nautical miles".

Posted by Paul McLeary at 12/10/2010 3:06 PM CST

In a demonstration Friday afternoon, the Office of Naval Research set a world record by conducting a 33-megajoule shot of its Electromagnetic Railgun at the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, chief of naval research, said that “the 33-megajoule shot means the Navy can fire projectiles at least 110 nautical miles, placing sailors and Marines at a safe standoff distance and out of harm’s way.” High velocities also make the system tactically relevant for air and missile defenses, Carr said.

To put it in some perspective, the 33-megajoule shot could reach a Mach 5 velocity at extended distances, perhaps more than 200 nautical miles.

 

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfU-wMwL2U&feature=player_embedded

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