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Navy Tests Incredible Sci-Fi Weapon

February 4, 2008

The U.S. Navy yesterday test fired an incredibly powerful new big gun designed to replace conventional weaponry aboard ships. Sci-fi fans will recognize its awesome power and futuristic technology.

The big gun uses electromagnetic energy instead of explosive chemical propellants to fire a projectile farther and faster. The railgun, as it is called, will ultimately fire a projectile more than 230 miles (370 kilometers) with a muzzle velocity seven times the speed of sound (Mach 7) and a velocity of Mach 5 at impact.

The test-firing, captured on video, took place Jan. 31 in Dahlgren, Va., and Navy officials called it the “world’s most powerful electromagnetic railgun.”

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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense will have new building commissioned

October 20, 2007

October 20, 2007
The Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

A new building for the military’s Missile Defense Agency will be commissioned Monday at the Naval Support Facility at Dahlgren in King George County.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering III, the agency’s director, will officiate the ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Building 1505 on Fourth Street.

The new facility will house the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, a command that was moved to Dahlgren under Base Realignment and Closure plans. Several hundred military and civilian contractors will work in the building.