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Japan's ATLA Releases Footage of Rail Gun Prototype
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:13:10 AM »
From: - 24 September 2018 09:07
While still far from operational, the proof-of-concept system can theoretically launch a ten kilogram projectile at over 2,000 meters per second. The below image demonstrates the hypothetical use of the system on a Maritime Self-Defense Forces Aegis destroyer, with hypothetical use against surface and airborne threats.

The ATLA rail gun prototype is the product of high-level research that began in 2016. As Sankei reported at the time, the original purpose of the project was to promote interoperability with what was at the time seen as the future mainstay weapon of the US navy surface fleet. The original goals for the research initiative were to design a weapon capable of anti-air, anti-ship, and surface attack warfare; the projectile was to be fired at 7,240 kilometers per hour over a range of 200 kilometers. The weapon would eventually be designed to have a firing rate of ten shots per minute.

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