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AUSA 2013: General Atomics unveils Blitzer land-based railgun

22 October 2013

General Atomics unveiled a land-based artillery version of its Blitzer electromagnetic railgun (EMRG) at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, with a company official telling IHS Jane's that with adequate funding the concept could be ready for production in "two to three years".

General Atomics unveiled a new land-based version of its Blitzer railgun at AUSA 2013. (Richard D Fisher Jr)General Atomics unveiled a new land-based version of its Blitzer railgun at AUSA 2013. (Richard D Fisher Jr)

Blitzer began as a 2007 US Office of Naval Research programme to develop prototype technologies to support the US Navy's (USN's) futuristic railgun programme, which is now led by BAE Systems and Boeing.

Despite 2010 testing that included firing a projectile up to Mach 5 speeds the USN opted to develop a larger railgun.



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