General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has delivered the first of multiple pulsed power containers to the U.S. Navy in support of the railgun development and testing program. Each container includes pulsed power modules and a pulsed power control system for ease of integration into the Navy’s Command and Control infrastructure.
“Our advanced energy technologies coupled with our expertise in design, manufacturing, and testing enables us to provide the most energy-dense pulsed power systems available today,” stated Nick Bucci, vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS. “We look forward to delivering the additional pulsed power containers to the Navy to support their testing and to help advance railgun capabilities now and into the future.”
GA-EMS is an industry leader in the design of high energy density capacitors, which are the foundation of pulsed power systems. All manufacturing, assembly of the pulsed power modules, container integration, and complete system testing is done by GA-EMS. GA-EMS also recently announced the successful demonstration of record-breaking pulsed power capacitors in a repetitive fire mode, breaking its previous energy content record.
“We’re realizing significant gains in our ability to pack more energy into large-platform capacitors,” Bucci continued. “These next generation capacitors will enable significantly higher muzzle energies using a smaller pulsed power footprint, reducing the overall railgun system impact on host platforms.”
Early proof of concept General Atomic Pulsed power
Rendering of the pulsed power shipping container concept
Blitzer railgun pulsed power
US Army Howitzer firing 5000 mph high velocity projectiles
An Army Howitzer is now firing a 5,000-miles per hour, high-tech, electromagnetic Hyper Velocity Projectile, initially developed as a Navy weapon, an effort to fast-track increasing lethal and effective weapons to warzones and key strategic locations, Pentagon officials said.
Firing from an Army Howitzer, the rail gun hypervelocity projectile can fire a 5,000-mile and hour projectile at enemy targets to include buildings, force concentrations, weapons systems, drones, aircraft,vehicle bunkers and even incoming enemy missiles and artillery rounds.
The Navy is evaluating whether to mount its new Electromagnetic Rail Gun weapon from the high-tech DDG 1000 destroyer by the mid-2020s
SOURCES- General Atomics, Scout Warrior, Youtube
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