BAE Systems Revolutionizes the Future of Naval Warfare with Electromagnetic Railgun Development

  BAE Systems Revolutionizes the Future of Naval Warfare with Electromagnetic
  Railgun Development

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- July 1, 2013

BAE Systems was awarded a $34.5 million contract from the Office of Naval
Research (ONR) for the development of the Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun under
Phase 2 of the Navy’s Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) program. The focus of
Phase 2 is to advance the Railgun technology by maturing the launcher and
pulsed power from a single shot operation to a multi-shot capability, and
incorporating auto-loading and thermal management systems.

The Electromagnetic Railgun uses high-power electromagnetic energy, instead of
explosive chemical pr ...

The Electromagnetic Railgun uses high-power electromagnetic energy, instead of
explosive chemical propellants, to launch a projectile farther and faster than
any gun before it. (Photo: Office of Naval Research)

“We’re committed to developing this innovative and game changing technology
that will revolutionize naval warfare,” said Chris Hughes, vice president and
general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “The Railgun’s ability to
defend against enemy threats from distances greater than ever before improves
the capabilities of our armed forces.”

In 2012, during Phase 1 of the INP program, engineers at the Naval Surface
Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia successfully fired BAE Systems’ EM
Railgun prototype at tactical energy levels. The recently awarded ONR contract
marks the completion of Phase 1 and the selection of BAE Systems as the
developer for the Phase 2 launcher prototype. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin
immediately with initial prototypes to be delivered in 2014. The Railgun
development will be carried out by BAE Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota and
by teammates IAP Research in Dayton, Ohio and SAIC in Marietta, Georgia.

The EM Railgun is a long-range weapon technology that uses high-power
electromagnetic energy instead of explosive chemical propellants to launch a
projectile farther and faster than any gun before it. When fully weaponized, a
Railgun will deliver hypervelocity projectiles on target, at ranges far
exceeding the Navy’s current capability.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Stephanie Bissell Serkhoshian
Tel: +1 703-907-8244
Mobile: +1 703-785-7891
stephanie.serkhoshian@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/US
 
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