U.S. Navy plans to install and arrange experienced standard electric guns (EMF) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship high-speed catamaran «Millinocket» (JHSV-3 Millinocket) type «Spiehed» (Spearhead) in FY 2016 This ARMS-TASS said April 8, 2014 in the department of external relations Command shipbuilding and armaments of the U.S. Navy.
The result is expected to hold the first sea trials EMF, which would mean a severe breakthrough in warfare at sea. In the development of EMF used electric power, popular as the Lorentz force for a frisky start projectile acceleration and placed between 2-rails.
Speed achieved at the exit of the projectile «trunk» EMF significantly superior to that in like artillery guns and achieves 8.5 thousand km / h, which allows shooting at a longish distance. Kinetic energy projectile with contact with the target is so large that it is not necessary to equip the explosive.
It is understood that EMI will be quite effective against numerous types of threats, such as surface ships, small ships, aircraft, missiles, ground targets. «Electric gun is new capabilities for the U.S. Navy — said Rear Admiral Bryant Fuller, the top official in the U.S. Navy, responsible for conducting research. — It will allow to cope with a number of threats, with all this price will not be the highest counter. At the same time, ensure the safety of our EMF ships and sailors because it will no longer need to carry on board a huge quantity of explosives. «
South American electric gun is generally consistent with already deployed overland kinetic weapons offense and offers a number of new abilities. Price EMF implementation significantly lower prices rocket counterparts. Projected shell for the latest Cannon will meet some ammunition everyday tools that allow the use of missiles only when dealing with significant hazards.
«Cannon directed energy type EMI — the future of the naval theater of military operations,» — said Rear Adm. Matthew Klander, managing research management of the U.S. Navy.
MS U.S. plans to install and arrange experienced standard electric guns (EMF) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship-speed catamaran «Millinocket» (JHSV-3 Millinocket) type «Spiehed» (Spearhead) in 2016 fiscal year
Demonstration abilities EMF at sea is the final step in a series of activities which aim to create an electric current gun and its delivery to the Navy. Since 2005 the naval forces of the United States and other organizations involved in the project felt that guns in the center of surface warfare Navy (Dahlgren, sht.Virdzhiniya) and the Research Laboratory of the Navy, where the number of prototypes.
In the development of EMF also involved company «General Atomics» (General Atomics) and «BAE Systems» (BAE Systems), with the support of the Ministry of Defence, which has invested in the project is more than $ 200 million. Earlier, the system successfully passed ground tests with the help of already produced more than a thousand single shots. Currently, designers behold the main objectives is to provide the conditions for automatic firing.
In addition, requires the ability to make a huge amount of supply installation of electricity on board a warship. It is understood that the final version of the EMF will be able to run managed multipurpose projectiles at a distance of 110 nautical miles (203 km) and destroy a wide range of purposes. Energy shots of EMF achieves 32 megajoules in projectile mass of 10 kg.
Planned series of tests, whose task will be the integration into existing EMF range of weapons, and studies relevant configurations that have to spend on ships for its installation. Application of the naval forces of the United States high-speed landing craft catamaran «Millinocket» JHSV for the installation of a prototype EMI caused by carrying capacity and ergonomics of these vessels also use them to increase operational flexibility. Because JHSV class ships are not among the warships, now there is no plan of constant EMF based on them. The final decision on which ships will be equipped serial electric instrument, is still pending.