General Atomics' electromagnetic railgun prototype
The railgun should be capable of firing a projectile at 4,500 to 5,600 mph (7,242 to 9,012 km/h)
As with the BAE device, the latest prototype has been installed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virgina
Both BAE and General Atomics are said to be working on increased firing rates, which entails automatic projectile-loading systems and thermal management systems for the barrel
Back in February, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) test-fired a prototype electromagnetic railgun that had been built by BAE Systems for the U.S. Navy. BAE isn’t the only game in town, however – this Tuesday, ONR announced that it is now evaluating a second railgun prototype, made by San Diego-based General Atomics.
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