USN Railgun Continues On Track For Testing Deployment 2016

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In late summer 2016 the U.S. Navy plans to deploy a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard the Spearhead-class joint high speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV-5) for at-sea testing. Tests will begin off the coast of Florida to assess the gun’s ability to perform naval surface fire support against static floating targets 25–50 nmi (29–58 miles) away using GPS-guided hyper velocity projectiles (HVPs). Although the railgun will not ultimately be deployed on JHSV ships, the Navy has yet to decide which ship classes will receive fully operational railguns.

Film & Image Credits: U.S. Navy Video Released, USNS Trenton Rolls Out-U.S. Navy Photo/Released

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