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    US Navy Receiving First Pulse Power Units for Railgun Program - Raytheon

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    The US Navy has started to receive its first power pulse modules, in container form, to power its experimental particle railgun, the Raytheon Company said in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Raytheon's pulse power container design was developed for a $10 million contract with Naval Sea Systems Command to develop a pulsed power system, which will enable land or sea-based projectiles to reach great distances without the use of an explosive charge or rocket motor, the release added.

    "Raytheon [Integrated Defense Systems] has begun deliveries of pulse power containers in support of the US Navy's railgun program," the release stated.

    The containers, which are comprised of multiple pulsed power modules, will be integrated into the Navy's railgun test range for additional development and testing, Raytheon noted.

    "Directed energy has the potential to redefine military technology beyond missiles and our pulse power modules and containers will provide the tremendous amount of energy required to power applications like the Navy Railgun," Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Vice President Colin Whelan observed.

    The modular pulsed power containers, when combined, produce enough energy to enable the electromagnetic launch of a railgun's high-velocity projectile at speeds in excess of Mach 6, or six times the speed of sound, the release explained.

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    • drjasonsmith
      I explain pulse power in my book New Perspectives in Physics.
    • michael
      let's see what other countries do with their R & D programmes, after all there is always a defence.
    • kuei12
      I believe the illustration above is incorrect. It looks as if the current is flowing in reverse and the magnetic filed is backwards in the way it is drawn.
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