Turkey released footage of newest electromagnetic railgun
Turkish defence industry released on Saturday video showing the test of newest electromagnetic weapon referred to as "railgun" — which shoots metallic projectiles at hypersonic speeds.
Turkish media reported that the new railgun called Şahi 209 Block II passed the tests by the Turkish Armed Forces successfully and ten times more powerful than the previous version.
The new railgun, developed by Yeteknoloji AŞ company, uses electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder to propel 35mm rounds and is capable of striking a target 31 miles.
Turkey is the fifth country in the world to develop the weapon, after Russia, the United States, China and India.
Railgun is a device that uses electromagnetic force to drive high-velocity projectiles, meaning a sliding armature that is accelerated along a pair of conductive rails.
Railgun technology has certain upsides; the hypervelocity round is very difficult to intercept, and, since it has no electronics inside, it is immune to jamming and electronic warfare. In one live fire tests, a railgun successfully pierced a one-meter-thick reinforced concrete bunker.