Electromagnetic Gun Considered for Maine-Built Destroyer

U.S. Navy's DDG-1000 Zumwalt. USN/Illustration
U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt. USN/Illustration

Portland Press Herald: Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018.

The Navy has been testing an electromagnetic railgun and could have an operational unit ready to go on one of the new Zumwalt-class destroyers under construction at Bath Iron Works [in Bath, ME].

Read more about the new electromagnetic weapon that may be in store for the next Zumwalt destroyer.