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GA-EMS details 10 MJ railgun testing progress

4th August 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has completed final assembly and factory acceptance testing of its 10 Mega Joule (MJ) medium range multi-mission railgun system, the company announced on 31 July.

The railgun will now be put through testing at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

The system has been designed to provide a multi-mission, multi-domain capability with greater flexibility and a smaller footprint for ship, land and mobile platforms.

The railgun system integrates a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC), the 10 MJ launcher, hypersonic hybrid missile, and fire control technologies.

The HEPPC uses next-generation railgun capacitors and a new approach to packaging and distribution of the energy in a smaller footprint than existing pulsed power solutions. This reduces the number of pulsed power containers required to launch the projectiles or hybrid missiles.

GA-EMS conducted projectile component testing earlier this year. The testing also demonstrated a continuous two-way data link between the in-flight projectiles and the ground station.

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