While the U.S. Navy has been leading research into railguns—electromagnetic weapons capable of launching projectiles at Mach 7, around 5,000 mph at sea level—there is increasing interest not only in land-based applications but also in the potential for a common projectile for both railguns and powder-based guns. In an April speech, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work directly challenged the Army to move forward with such a program. “We always think about Thaad and PAC-3 ...

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