“We have entered a new era of war. This technology will be the future,” said Navy Captain Ivan Vladimir.
The railgun launches 25 pound metal pieces at speeds over 4,500 mph. Instead of using traditional gunpowder or explosives, it uses powerful magnets connected to a strong power source. Not only is it cheaper than traditional ballistic missiles, it has greater range and a faster reload time.
“In the event we need to bring ground forces into the United States, a destroyer outfitted with a railgun could provide protection while soldiers gain a footing.”
As of now, the railgun has only been proven effective against land targets. With more funding and research, they hope to expand it’s capabilities to include incoming planes and missiles.
“If necessary, we would be able to pick off targets from the safety of international waters. Instead of using massive resources just to have close proximity, we could target anywhere between Seattle to Los Angeles and from New York City to Miami at a distance. With growing tensions with America and Europe, we need to maintain a competitive edge.”
The United States has maintained their position that they won’t be strong armed into another arms race.
“We need to set a precedent where foreign countries don’t determine our fiscal policy. Our priorities are to create jobs, improve infrastructure, and invest in clean energy, not whimsical gadgets we see in Michael Bay movies,” said President Obama.