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rail gun

or rail·gun (rāl′gŭn′)
n.
A weapon, consisting mainly of conducting metal rails, that uses electromagnetic force to accelerate a projectile to a much greater speed than that achieved by conventional chemical propellant weapons.
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Combined with Cloudflare's Railgun, Warp, and Argo products, the Neumob code means that data flowing to and from mobile applications will be optimized, secured, routed and accelerated across Cloudflare's network end-to-end: from handset to origin server and back.
DRSS provides products, solutions and services for critical United States National Security Programs including ballistic missile defense, hypersonics, electromagnetic railgun, directed energy and lasers and various combat systems.
What sounds like science fiction is now a reality, as the United States Navy is ready to deploy their futuristic Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) for field tests.
Electromagnetic weapons such as railgun will play a critical role in the future of naval warfare by providing greater lethality and greater economy than existing weapons," said Tom Boucher, the system's program officer at the Office of Naval Research.
You're seeing this with directed-energy weapons like LaWS [laser weapons system] and the electromagnetic railgun and its high-velocity projectile," he said.
Not that this has done much to curb anyone's ambitions, most visibly fronted by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has described the concept as "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table ".
A report written by Ronald O'Rourke in October 2016 entitled Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Hypervelocity Projectile: Background and Issues for Congress, for the US Congress' Congressional Research Service (CRS), a research institute based in Washington DC, stated that: "although navy surface ships have a number of means for defending themselves against Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCMs) and Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles (ASBMs), some observers are concerned about the survivability of navy surface ships in potential combat situations against adversaries, such as (the People's Republic of China/PRC), that are armed with advanced ASCMs and with ASBMs.
For railgun, lasers, and autonomous swarm, the most common conventional wisdom trap avoided was "just get the word out.
Richardson saw electric weapons--electromagnetic railgun launcher, hypervelocity projectile, and the high-energy laser--in addition to the battle management system.
8) With conventional guns, bullets lose acceleration after firing, whereas railgun projectiles gain speed as they travel the length of their 10.
Musk described his open-sourced hyperloop system as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table" for combining subsonic speed and the levitating ability of air pressure.
There are even a few moments when the story feels like a propaganda piece for the Navy's existing Zumwalt-dass destroyer or railgun programs.