General Atomics' Blitzer Electromagnetic Railgun Completes 1st Firing
Blitzer will provide transformational, leap-ahead air defense capability against a number of threats for both naval and land-based applications. With a muzzle velocity of more than twice that of conventional systems, Blitzer provides significant increases in standoff and lethality at lower cost without the need for propellant or high explosives.
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"These tests are an important first step toward demonstrating the viability of a revolutionary technology that will significantly improve the safety and protection of our warfighters at sea and on land," says GA-EMS Division Vice President R. Scott Forney III. "GA's internal investment in prototype development of both the energy pulse power system and Blitzer(tm) electromagnetic railgun continues to demonstrate our commitment to complement our customer's efforts with transformational electric platform technologies. Confirmation of the electromagnetic design increases confidence in related launcher and all-electric technologies."
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