Testing continues on an electromagnetic weapon that could hurl a 40-pound projectile hundreds of miles from Navy ships offshore towards, well: Everything (Video at the link) -
“As you can see, it represents a significant increase in range,” Roger Ellis, the Office of Naval Research’s electromagnetic railgun program manager, said in a conference call with reporters.
Ellis said that because the gun can fire at such high speeds, it wouldn’t necessarily have to shoot an explosive to inflict damage, either. He would only say that it would carry a “lethal mechanism.”
Depending upon the employment range, the effects of a hyperkinetic weapon needn’t be explosive, necessarily.