FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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."
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.
Blitzer System during testing at
Dugway Proving Grounds
Launch package emerges from Blitzer
muzzle at Mach 5
Aerodynamic projectile remained
stable during hypersonic flight