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64. "Star Wars" Rail Gun

The rail gun is designed to shoot down incoming missiles by puncturing them with small high-speed projectiles. It uses electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder. In its current sate of development, the rail gun can shoot a single 180-gram projectile at 2,000 meters a second. GA Technologies, San Diego, California. January 6, 1987.

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