The Office of Naval Research (ONR) of the United States has demonstrated the electromagnetic railgun initial rep-rate fires of multi-shot salvos at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Wednesday.
Developed by BAE Systems for the Navy, the electromagnetic railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles – and at speeds that exceed Mach 6.
The EM railgun has already been in development and testing for over a decade with total costs exceeding $500 million for the project.
The 25-pound projectile is a non-explosive bullet filled with tungsten pellets inside an aluminum alloy casing, or sabot that falls away after the projectile leaves the barrel. The Navy is also developing resistant electronics that go inside the projectile to make it possible to aim the weapon with GPS, technology that could eventually give the EM railgun effective missile-defense capabilities.
Inside Defense reported Thursday that ONR will conclude its electromagnetic railgun program at the end of FY-19.
The Navy has fired the first industry-built electromagnetic railgun (EM Railgun)
prototype launcher at a test facility, commencing an evaluation that is an important
intermediate step toward a future tactical weapon for ships, officials announced
China has produced an electric motor that would meet the heavy demand for electricity from China's latest electromagnetic weapon system, which may involve electromagnetic railgun and ballistic missile technologies.
Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology under...
China has developed electromagnetic launch technologies that allow the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to build a futuristic naval weapon - an electromagnetic railgun.
A railgun uses massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants,...