Testing electromagnetic gun

2012-03-01
A test shot fires from the Office of Naval Research-funded Electromagnetic Railgun prototype launcher located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. The test shots begin a month-long series of full-energy tests to evaluate the technology. This prototype, developed by BAE, is the first of two industry-built launchers that will bring the Department of the Navy a step closer to producing a new-generation, long-range, weapon for surface ships.


Research Laboratory of the U.S. Navy began testing the electromagnetic railgun cannon-built corporation BAE Systems. This model is a prototype weapon designed for installation on aircraft carriers by 2017. Firing range production model should reach 90-185 km (in the long run to 400 km) and the projectile velocity 2-2.5 km / s, which has already been achieved on the test bench. Barrel length is 12 meter prototype.

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