The rail gun has long been a pipe dream for the military, but those hopes are slowly becoming a reality. According to Popular Science , this latest test has launched a projectile with 33 megajoules of energy, which equates to speeds at Mach 7 and a range of 100 miles—all without explosives. Of course, they're hoping to improve those numbers before the technology goes live in 15 years or so. I don't know, that looks pretty terrifying as-is.
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