Sunday, April 16, 2017

The U.S. Army Wants Its Own Version Of A Railgun

Defense One: US Army Exploring ‘Devastating’ New Weapon for Use In War with Russia

The Kinetic Energy Projectile would be a tungsten warhead that moves at three times the speed of sound, destroying anything in its path.

Were the United States to go to war with Russia, both sides could draw on deadly weapons that the world has never seen on a battlefield. On the Russian side, there are new and smaller tactical nuclear weapons. To counter them, the U.S. Army is taking another look at a “devastating” weapon, one first tested by the Air Force and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2013, the Kinetic Energy Projectile, or KEP, a tungsten-based charge moving at three times the speed of sound that can destroy anything in its path.

“Think of it as a big shotgun shell,” Maj. Gen. William Hix, the Army’s director of strategy, plans & policy, said a few weeks ago at the Booz Allen Hamilton Direct Energy Summit. But unlike a shotgun shell, Hix said, the KEP moves at incredible speeds of “Mach 3 to Mach 6.”

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Update: The Army Has a New Supergun That Can Blow Apart a Tank (Fiscal Times)

WNU Editor:
It looks like the US Army wants to miniaturised the US Navy's version so that it could be adopted on a tank and/or artillery piece.

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