AÂ General AtomicsÂ subsidiary has turned overÂ the first of multiple pulsedÂ power containers to the U.S. NavyÂ as part of the military branch’sÂ railgun development and testing program.
The container comprisesÂ pulsed power modules and a control system designed to integrateÂ with the Navy’s command-and-control network, General AtomicsÂ said Tuesday.
Nick Bucci, vice president of missile defense and space systems at General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems business, said the energy-dense containers will supportÂ railgun test and advancement efforts at theÂ service branch.
GA-EMS’Â pulsed power capacitors also surpassed previous energy content recordÂ when tested in a repetitive fire mode during a recent demonstration.
BucciÂ added the capacitors are designed toÂ generate high energy and mitigate overall railgun system impact on the host platform.
General Atomics conductedÂ open range tests of itsÂ railgun projectile guidance electronic unitÂ in March at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.