Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Japan develops cutting-edge railgun cannon

The Acquisition Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) of Japan released a video on YouTube showcasing the latest firing test of their new railgun system.

The railgun, an innovative weapon system, stands as a testament to Japan’s quest for next-generation armaments, envisioned to be deployed on naval platforms, ensuring strategic parity against potential adversaries in the region.

This cutting-edge technology harnesses the power of high-speed projectiles, surpassing the capabilities of conventional artillery systems. The recent test reaffirms Japan’s commitment to advancing its defense capabilities, particularly in fortifying the safety and strength of its naval fleet.


Previously disclosed information revealed Japan’s development of a medium railgun, capable of launching a 320g projectile at an astounding initial velocity of 2,230m/s (Mach 6.5). The railgun’s remarkable endurance of over 120 rounds and its current charge energy standing at 5MJ showcase the technology’s prowess, with ambitions set for future advancements, aiming towards a 20MJ charge energy.

Unlike traditional firearms reliant on chemical propellants, railguns leverage electromagnetic forces to launch projectiles at unprecedented velocities. These high-speed projectiles, with muzzle velocities potentially twice that of conventional guns, offer significant strategic advantages. The increased speed translates to shorter engagement times, expanded keep-out zones, and extended ranges, contributing to enhanced operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Japan’s pursuit of railgun technology represents a substantial leap in defense capabilities. The technology not only promises to bolster maritime defenses but also presents a paradigm shift in combat dynamics, offering greater precision, reach, and responsiveness in confronting evolving threats.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more



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