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    Bullseye! Scientists Test-Fire Russian Railgun (VIDEO)

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    Russian scientists were able to successfully test-fire the nation’s very own railgun – a weapon that relies on electromagnetic forces rather than explosive propellant to launch projectiles at incredibly high speed.

    During the test, conducted by scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures, the railgun fired a 15-gram plastic pellet which hit a solid aluminum target at a speed of approximately 3 kilometers per second, leaving a huge dent at the point of impact.

    It should be noted that this is far from the first test of this type of weapon in Russia, as the first test-fire of a Russian railgun was conducted in July.

    Railguns employ electromagnetic conductors instead of more conventional propellant like gunpowder or explosives to launch projectiles at incredibly high speed and inflicting major damage on impact.

    Scientists believe that the railgun can become not just a powerful weapon for the Russian military but also can theoretically be used to shoot down  dangerous space objects on a collision course with Earth.

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      professor.hornblow
      We are only told what Russia had six months ago. They are not going publicise their real arsenal of advanced weapons
    • Jammy
      Looks like a little toy to the one the americans are playing with and they might not need gun powder but these devices ware out very quick from what i understand so it looks like Russia needs to up it's game in this department.

      Please produce cheap rail guns i can buy on ebay to shoot down drones because i am not sure my 1.77 airgun will do the job when Amazon comes spying on me in the near future
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      michael
      using them for near space objects sounds like a good possible use to me, regardless.
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