Russia Working on Own Rail Gun

Russia continues to develop local-made electromagnetic rail gun

Russian scientists succeeded to manage technologies that would arm the troops with electromagnetic rail guns. The United Institute of High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences found a way to increase the power of the electromagnetic gun six times. The electromagnetic field accelerates the projectiles to close to space speed. Even a small object carries high destructive power. Experts believe the research of the institute can be used to create weapons in future, the Izvestia daily reported.

Laboratory head of the Shatura affiliate of the institute Vladimir Polishchuk told the newspaper that engineers succeeded to design and build a new capacitive storage. It can accelerate objects weighing 100 gram to a speed over 3 km/s.

“In two years the power loading in Shatura increased six-fold – from 0.8 megajoule to 4.8,” Polishchuk said.

Experiments with a railgun powered by pulsed inductive energy storage have been prepared. “Such an electric power scheme provides rapid energy introduction into plasma which increases the temperature of the plasma piston and consequently the speed,” he said.

The Shatura affiliate uses plasma electromagnetic guns which it believes are the most promising ones. The accelerated object moves between two parallel electrodes or rails with electric current. The current goes in plasma which pushes the projectile. “The systems with hard, not plasma strap considerably reduce acceleration at a speed of 1.5-2 km/s. Record speeds for railguns of the type do not exceed 3 km/s. At maximum speed the fire rate of the accelerator comprises from one to three shots,” Polishchuk said.

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