A railgun utilizes an electromagnetic Lorentz force, by short-circuiting two paralleled directional rails after a short and massive electrical impulse. The original Lorentz force research suggested the use of an accelerated projectile, which was supposed to be pushed forward with supersonic speed by an enormous pressure of plasma, formed with a powerful electric arc discharge. However, the goal of the said research was always to build an energy weapon with no use of an actual projectile at all.
This experimental piece of weaponry is the pride of Soviet engineers, working day and night at Facility №3826. The groundworks were laid in the SAS laboratory of measuring instruments run by Professor Arzimovich, who is also known for his part in the Soviet atomic project. In 1943, the professor published a groundbreaking method of electromagnetic isotope separation and began another research round of enriched uranium plasma, thus starting a revolution in the USSR’s history of arms.
A railgun, operating on pure electromagnetic energy without an accelerated projectile, can instantly disintegrate almost any target within the acceptable mass margin.
The destructive capabilities of such a weapon forced numerous nations to completely re-evaluate their top armoring technologies.
For a long time, the railgun’s biggest drawback was its enormous size, however, in 1952 Shpagin Design Bureau presented a simplified tank variant – polymer induction-based EBR-2, available for heavy infantry. Luckily, Nechaev’s jumpsuit batteries can effectively power EBR-2 through the universal port.
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