Even in smaller weapons, using a railgun has been able to successfully extend the range. 6-inch guns using a railgun projectile were able to go from a 15-mile range to 38 miles; the Army’s 155mm howitzers likewise had a farther range.
William Roper, director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, is clear about what this weapon could mean for the United States.
“The Navy is on the cusp of having a tactical system, a next generation offensive weapon,” he said. “It could be a game changer.”