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US Army Awards General Atomics a Contract to Develop Railguns

On March 1st, 2018 General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has announced that they have been awarded a US Army contract through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC). The contract will allow the General Atomics to evaluate and develop electromagnetic railguns. This research will be accomplished in support of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Command (ARDEC).

GA-EMS and ARDEC will collaborate to further develop and advance the existing railgun technologies. The three-year contract must result in the development of prototypes of advanced railgun weapon systems as well as conduction of tests and research of possible integration with various US Army vehicles – both currently in service and those that will be deployed in future.

Nick Bucci, the vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems of GA-EMS, said:

This contract allows the ARDEC to leverage our on-going research, development, and testing to advance railgun technologies and further develop railgun weapon systems for Army


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