Blitzer™ Successfully Completes Aerodynamic Projectiles Testing

Blitzer™ Successfully Completes Aerodynamic Projectiles Testing


Dec 07, 2010

San Diego – General Atomics successfully test-fired aerodynamic rounds from its Blitzer™

electromagnetic (EM) railgun prototype for the first time in September 2010. This test demonstrated the

integration and capabilities of a tactically relevant EM railgun launcher, pulsed power system, and

projectile. The test was performed at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Grounds under a contract with the

Office of Naval Research, using projectiles developed by Boeing's Phantom Works in St. Charles, Mo.

The projectiles were launched by the Blitzer system at Mach 5 speed with acceleration levels exceeding

60,000 gee, and exhibited repeatable sabot separation and stable flight.

Blitzer will provide leap-ahead multi-mission capability in both naval and land-based applications. Using

one weapons system, it provides defensive capability against a number of advanced air and surface threats

and delivers strike capability against land- and sea-based targets. With demonstrated muzzle velocities

greater than twice that of conventional gun systems, Blitzer provides a dramatic increase in standoff and

lethality at lower cost, without the need for propellants or high explosives.

"The GA team and its government partners continue to make rapid progress in demonstrating and

maturing this revolutionary technology that will significantly improve the capability and protection of our

warfighters at sea and on land," says GA Advanced Weapon Launcher Systems Director Tom Hurn.

"The tested systems performed flawlessly and consistent with performance expectations."

About GA

General Atomics is a San Diego-based innovation firm with a 50-year history of successful solutions for

environmental, energy, and defense challenges. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service

companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of

unmanned aircraft systems.


Nancy Hitchcox

(858) 455-3951

Doug Fouquet

(858) 455-2173

Blitzer System during testing at

Dugway Proving Grounds

Launch package emerges from Blitzer

muzzle at Mach 5

Aerodynamic projectile remained

stable during hypersonic flight