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BAE to Develop Navy Electromagnetic Railguns

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BAE Systems has won a $34.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to develop electromagnetic railguns for the U.S. Navy‘s long-range shooting operations.

Under the Innovative Naval Prototype Phase 2 program, BAE will develop a launcher prototype of the EM railgun that has multishot, autoloading and thermal management capabilities, BAE said Monday.

Work for the Phase 2 launcher prototypes will be performed at the company’s Minneapolis, Minn., facility and start delivery in 2014.

BAE will work with IAP Research and SAIC for the program.

The first phase of the INP program concluded in 2012, when the Naval Surface Warfare Center fired BAE Systems’ EM railgun prototype at tactical energy levels.

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