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General Atomics has presented the ground version of the Blytzer railgun


The company General Atomics introduced the ground version of the electromagnetic railgun artillery system Blitzer EMRG (Electromagnetic Railgun), according to on November 21. A company spokesman said that with sufficient funding, this concept can be demonstrated in two to three years.

Development of the Blitzer system was launched in 2007 year under the auspices of the Office of Naval Research of the US Navy (Office of Naval Research - ONR). The program was named Innovative Naval Prototype. The company led the development at its own expense.

In 2010, shells were tested at a speed of 5M, but the US Navy wanted to develop a more powerful system. The company is currently developing a system in ground-based versions, equipping surface ships and submarines.
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  1. Archikah
    Archikah 25 November 2013 10: 48
    Damn. And ours, something is not heard. With this electromagnetic gun you can knock anyone you want. But where will they take so much energy for a shot? This is the weakest part in all such projects. crying
    1. Evgeny_Lev
      Evgeny_Lev 25 November 2013 11: 26
      Likewise, Iron Man also has a "weak spot" energy, why don't you be bothered about not hearing about our "Iron Man" project?
      Indeed, in fact, both this and that are equally unattainable for now.
      1. self-propelled
        self-propelled 25 November 2013 12: 10
        I remembered something about energy ...
    2. Evgenij.
      Evgenij. 25 November 2013 11: 35
      Ours will use the energy of the explosion, and maybe this is already a completed stage
    3. Army1
      Army1 26 November 2013 17: 08
      And how many kilometers to the horizon, at such a speed on the projectile, gravity will certainly act, but if the ship is beyond the horizon.
  2. Stiletto
    Stiletto 25 November 2013 10: 51
    I remember, and before school I played something like that bully
  3. Sergius
    Sergius 25 November 2013 11: 01
    On the channel Science 2.0 I remember showing. Since Soviet times, ours has been engaged in this area, experiments are regularly conducted, and there is a finished product. The work is on!
  4. Migari
    Migari 25 November 2013 11: 53
    Recently, in the laboratory of the Shatursky branch of the United Institute of High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, tests were carried out on a unique device - the railgun Artsimovich, which is an electromagnetic gun, shooting so far with very small projectiles - weighing up to three grams. However, the destructive abilities of such a “pea” are striking. Suffice it to say that the steel plate placed in its path simply evaporated, turning into a plasma. It's all about the giant speed given to the projectile by an electromagnetic accelerator used instead of the traditional gunpowder.
  5. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city 25 November 2013 12: 36
    Let's think about how it can be applied. Let us leave the indigestible dimensions and energy consumption for now. All modern art systems use a hinged projectile flight when shooting at long ranges. And it would be okay only in the weaknesses of existing systems, but the earth is round and the surface curvature precludes direct fire firing at a great distance, but this railgun cannot do. The reason is the huge velocity of the projectile and the inability to make it controllable (because of this speed and low mass). In case of loss of speed, this projectile loses all its power and becomes useless. Therefore, in real life the railgun is only suitable for shooting down large and slow aircraft due to its size and guidance system. I can conclude that all American projects today is a masterful cut money. Such weapons will ever come in handy in space or in aviation, if we can squeeze the railgun into a plane or spaceship. And so it's just a child prodigy. hi
    1. shuhartred
      shuhartred 25 November 2013 23: 25
      Yes, this is not a child prodigy. This is just another attempt to make a plane with a steam engine. But you need to work in this direction, only without fanaticism. Sooner or later, the quantity will turn into quality.
    2. IGS
      IGS 26 November 2013 02: 52
      I didn’t minus, but if you shoot horizontally at a speed of 7,9 km / s, the first space velocity (when calculating it, by the way, takes the radius of the earth, i.e. zero height above the ground), then the shell will become an artificial satellite of the earth, and will fly above the surface without rising and falling, the main thing is to bounce on time, otherwise it will fall into the back smile . It will go down if the speed drops lower, rises (and then returns, it just flies not in a circle, along the surface, but in an ellipse) when the second space velocity is reached, a little more than 11 km / s. But this is in the absence of the atmosphere, or rather its resistance, as in space. This is of course a half-joke, but when playing at high speeds, you can significantly increase the range, while maintaining kinetic energy. And the study of this issue will lead to the creation of new technologies, including in the field of superconductors and materials science, as well as this direction is very promising in the field of missile defense.
  6. wasjasibirjac
    wasjasibirjac 25 November 2013 13: 22
    funny - "In 2010, they tested shells with a speed of 5M, but the US Navy wanted to develop a more powerful system." 5M - i.e. 5 speeds of sound is a little 1500 m / s, but an ordinary tank gun gives out 1200 m / s, so why bother building a garden because of a 300 m / s increase, 3 cars for one barrel - so in the photo from the article.
  7. shinobi
    shinobi 25 November 2013 15: 19
    Not played enough yet, and it will pass. No for such systems of compact energy sources. Our military therefore froze a number of projects for another 70.
  8. HollyGremlin
    HollyGremlin 25 November 2013 15: 20
    For a shot, such a gun uses electricity, but how we get it: by burning something with a thread or using a reactor. In the first case, it is easier to launch a rocket and not convert energy back and forth, losing it along the way. In the second, you will have to place such a gun next to a nuclear (hydro) power plant. Its only plus at the moment is the simplicity of the shell. In fact, you can shoot with a crowbar.
  9. Lesnik
    Lesnik 25 November 2013 16: 12
    Damn they will be able to bring down satellites what and the appropriate guidance equipment then warheads sad ..... Chef mustache chef !!!!
  10. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city 25 November 2013 16: 45
    I wonder who minus, at least some argument brought. Maybe I'm wrong about something?
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 25 November 2013 21: 14
    The news is alarming. It’s time for us to leave the laboratories for full-scale models. True, our General Staff would still buy cavalry - could they incorporate weapons of this type into the tactics of battle?
  12. alpenstock
    alpenstock 27 November 2013 00: 43
    what to do with such an installation? a very "simple" system, and most importantly "not expensive" what