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  • How does a railgun, the US Navy's most powerful cannon, actually work?

  • The key difference between a railgun and regular cannons is that a railgun uses electricity

  • to fire its projectiles rather than chemical propellants, such as traditional gunpowder.

  • Magnetic fields generated by high electrical currents slide a metal conductor carrying

  • a projectile down a set of rails, one charged positively and the other charged negatively

  • - hence, railgun - from 4500 to 5600 miles per hour, launching the projectile at incredible

  • speeds.

  • Rather than your typical explosive payloads, the 25-pound metal projectile fired by a railgun

  • does its devastating damage with sheer kinetic force, like a giant dart.

  • The weapon takes around 32 megajoules of energy just to fire.

  • It has the major advantage of better safety for naval operators, due to not using volatile

  • explosive material, but does tend to wear down significantly with use.

How does a railgun, the US Navy's most powerful cannon, actually work?

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How does a RAILGUIN, the US Navy’s most powerful cannon, actually work?

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