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Friday, February 06, 2015

3-star: 'Lot of work' before railgun arrives in fleet

RailgunThe Navy's weaponeers have built a working railgun. Now it falls to Vice Adm. William Hilarides to figure out what to do with it.

The electromagnetic railgun comes in at about 30 feet. It will be loaded aboard a joint high-speed vessel later this year, with an at-sea live fire demonstration set for next year.

Beyond that, it falls to Hilarides and the systems engineers at Naval Sea Systems Command to turn what's essentially a lab gun into the fleet's most fearsome deck gun — capable of firing a shell 100 nautical miles.

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