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March 11, 2022

GA-EMS tests advancements in projectile interceptor designs

It marks the completion of the contract to manufacture and test projectiles from railgun and powder gun.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has completed the testing of capability advancements in its gun-launched projectile interceptor designs.

A series of test firings were carried out in partnership with the US Navy and Army.

The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Centre (DEVCOM-AC) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division (NSWC-DD) worked together with GA-EMS to conduct a series of test firings.

As part of a contract, the company manufactured and delivered projectile assemblies that include control actuation systems and guidance electronics.

During the first test series, projectiles were test fired using 32 megajoule railgun system of the US Navy at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

In the second test series, an identical projectile design was launched using a 120mm powder gun at the US Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

GA-EMS president Scott Forney said: “Close communication among the team members was critical to the outcome of this effort.

“We tested significant advancements in our projectile design, demonstrating survivability and good aerodynamic performance at these velocities, while testing guidance capabilities that promise greater precision and accuracy to effectively meet and defeat airborne threats.”

According to GA-EMS, projectiles launched from the railgun reached record hypersonic velocities while launch from both the gun systems demonstrated their guided flight capabilities.

The company noted that the projectiles were equipped with integrated gun-hardened guidance electronics.

This helped evaluate their data link sustainment and trajectory control capability under high G-force at hypersonic speeds and electromagnetic environments.

Forney added: “We have completed our contract to fabricate, deliver, and test prototype projectiles in railgun and powder gun environments.

“GA-EMS continues to develop technologies to bring the most affordable, gun-launched hypersonic and supersonic weapon system capabilities to the future battlespace.”

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