Electromagnetic Railgun - BAE Systems/USA has gained was awarded a $34.5 million contract from the US Office of Naval Research for the development of the Electromagnetic Railgun under Phase 2 of the Navy’s Innovative Naval Prototype 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. In 2012, during Phase 1 of the Innovative Naval Prototype Program engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, (Virginia) successfully fired BAE Systems Railgun prototype at tactical energy levels.
The 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 weaponised, a Railgun will deliver hypervelocity projectiles on target, at ranges far exceeding the Navy’s current capability. Watch this space!