See this video:
See the U.S. Navy fire practice rounds from this Electromagnetic Railgun. Hear the rattle as the weapon is fired, via computer. Watch in slow-motion the velocity of the projectile as it flies at several times the speed of sound. See the waves? Bullet Time. Like the Matrix.
The Electromagnetic Railgun uses magnets instead of explosives. The projectiles weigh 40 pounds, much less than the pathetic missiles used in today's arsenal. A Electromagnetic Pulse is used to shoot the projectile out of the barrel at up to 5,000 miles per hour. Fox News says as far as 100 nautical miles in five minutes.
Adm. Matthew Klunder, Chief of Naval Research says, "This is the stuff you saw in movies a couple of years ago -- cutting edge, taking out the Transformers -- and now it's reality."
This Electromagnetic Railgun will be cheaper than the current comparable weaponry and will be easier to transport and to kill. Eventually, they will build a Electromagnetic Railgun that will fire as far as 200 nautical miles to accompany Naval vessels.
I could shoot you in Indianapolis, Indiana all the way from Chicago, Illinois with the Electromagnetic Railgun. I wouldn't have to see you or know who I have shot. I could do it on my laptop. Like Halo. Like Call of Duty. You wouldn't even know what hit you. You would think: "What is that?" Not even that. You would only have time to think: "Wh-".
Give it time. Someday, the U.S. Navy will build an Electromagnetic Railgun that will shoot a magnetic projectile at 100,000 miles per hour. The projectile will shoot over 21,000 nautical miles, once around the circumference of the Earth. The projectile will kill anyone in its path. Fortunately, we will have lined up all of the bad guys in a straight line around the Earth, and the single projectile will kill every single last one of them, taking their heads clean off, for very cheap.
The projectile will encircle the Earth, slaughtering thousands, while we sit at our computers. We won't have to see any of it, gross. Just watch Portlandia on Netflix instead.
After the projectile has killed all of the bad guys, the projectile will collide with the very Electromagnetic Railgun that fired it, which is the only way to stop the momentum of this magnetic bullet.
By then, someone will have already developed a better Electromagnetic Railgun. This one will shoot a projectile that will encircle the entire planet at a million miles per hour. No one could hide from such a weapon. Like Star Wars, someone will say. Like a mini Death Star.