31/10/2016 18:22

Turkey unveils first homemade railgun

As the Turkish defense industry continues to pioneer new developments in its bid for independent domestic production, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Özlü has revealed photos of the state’s first domestically produced railgun, developed by the state-run Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

The railgun, named SAPAN, which literally means “sling” in Turkish, is the country’s first domestically engineered electromagnetic weapon. According to Turkish media outlets, the weapon uses electromagnetic currents rather than explosives or propellants made with gunpowder, enabling projectiles to be fired from the railgun at speeds much higher than those of conventional weaponry.