Japan set to develop railguns to counter hypersonic missiles

January 4, 2022


The Japanese Defense Ministry will develop a means to intercept hostile missiles using magnetically powered projectiles, sources told Nikkei Asia, as the nation scurries to respond to the hypersonic weapons being developed by China, North Korea and Russia.

The ministry is focusing on railgun technology that can launch projectiles with power generated when an electric current is applied to a magnetic field. The projectiles are faster than those shot from conventional intercept systems and can be fired continuously.

Together with long-range missiles, the next-generation system will provide Japan with multilayered intercept capabilities…

Click here to read the full article