Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Selects ENIG for Advanced Hypersonics Launch with Award for Hybrid Electromagnetic Gun (HyGUN) Concept
ENIG, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (LMMFC) (Dallas, TX) (NYSE:LMT), has been selected by DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) and awarded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (Aberdeen, MD) to develop a Hybrid Electromagnetic Gun (HyGUN) technology, which will provide advanced warhead designs with a means of delivering such designs using an accelerating system base upon electromagnetic energy.
“These new designs are based on ENIG-designed flux compression generator (FCG) technology, providing high risk, high payoff, warhead delivery for various lethal KE defeat applications, such as maneuvering targets or targets at close and extended range”, said ENIG President, Eric N. Enig.
According to Enig, the delivered warhead will provide a unique capability wherein warhead motion can add to its already highly lethal output allowing the warfighter to control warhead output continuously from minimal to maximum damage and at distance depending on targets of interest.
“The bar has been set high, seeking a technology scalable from small to large caliber, with a 2 to 3.5 km/s velocity at the muzzle’s end. Two advanced warhead accelerating systems will be designed during this effort with a down-select in twenty-four months, potentially leading to a demonstration phase”, he added.
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