GA Team Awarded $22 M to Continue Work on Railgun Demonstration Launcher(San Diego, Calif., April 20, 2009) -- General Atomics (GA) announces the award of a follow-on task order valued at $22 million from the Office of Naval Research for the completion of an Advanced Containment Launcher (ACL) in support of the Office of Naval Research's Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) Railgun program. This 34-month effort is focused on the final design, fabrication, and testing of an ACL prototype capable of delivering a muzzle energy of 32 megajoules. This level of energy in a tactical application would provide a range of up to 110 nautical miles, which is far greater than any conventional guns currently in use by the Navy. GA recently completed the previous phase of the program involving the preliminary design and technology development of the ACL that culminated in successful completion of a Preliminary Design Review.
"This program is an important demonstration of GA's capability and commitment through internal investments toward providing cutting-edge, game-changing technology to the warfighter" states Scott Forney, Vice President of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division.
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In addition to GA, the team includes Boeing, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences, Jackson Engineering, and SPARTA Composites.
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