L-3 Communications has been awarded a $7.1 million contract modification to produce energy storage technologies for the U.S. Navy’s planned electromagnetic railgun, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Thursday.
John Keller writes L-3 will build four containerized battery energy storage and charging systems for the railgun pulsed power system in San Diego and San Leandro, California through June 2017.
The company will also provide commercial power supplies to charge the railgun’s rate pulse power during a naval prototype demonstration, according to the report.
The Navy plans to develop a weapon system that uses electricity generated by its host ship to fire projectiles, Keller reports.
The weapon is designed to target objects with kinetic energy, high explosives and unexploded ordnance, according to the report.