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Fallout 3X277 "Viper" magnetic rail cannon
Fallout: New VegasIcon cut Light rail cannon
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Van Buren15mm ARTEMIS rail gun

Railguns, also known as rail guns or rail cannons, are large weapons, using electromagnets to fire slugs at high velocity. There were multiple projects attempting to create successful designs before the Great War.


X277 "Viper" magnetic rail cannonEdit

Gameplay article: Fallout 3

The X277 "Viper" magnetic rail cannon was developed for the U.S. Military by West-Tek. The weapon uses energy cells to propel a depleted uranium round across a series of magnets discharging it at extremely high velocity. Deemed too costly to produce on a mass scale, the project was abandoned in 2044. The only known prototype was displayed in the Museum of Technology in 2077, but is no longer present as of 2277.

15mm ARTEMIS rail gunEdit

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
15mm ARTEMIS rail gun
Gameplay article: Van Buren

The 15mm ARTEMIS rail gun was an unfinished project by Poseidon Energy and the Enclave. Its schematics can be found at Mesa Verde and could possibly still be completed.

Gametitle-VBEnd of information based on Van Buren.

Behind the scenesEdit

While not present in Fallout: New Vegas, game files suggest light rail cannons and heavy rail cannons may have at one point been intended to be in the game. Railguns were also intended to appear in J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game.

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