Curtiss-Wright Corporation has been awarded a 36-month, $30.8 million contract for the design, development, build and test of a compact pulsed power supply in support of the US Army’s Electromagnetic Gun (EM gun) Technology Maturation and Demonstration program.
Curtiss-Wright’s Flow Control business will act as prime contractor with responsibility for the overall machine design.
According to Curtiss-Wright, the Pulsed Power Supply (PPS) consists of two counter-rotating machines capable of supporting the high power density requirements necessary to destroy a target using kinetic energy projectiles launched at high speed.
The use of pulsed power involves the storage of energy mechanically and converting it on demand to electrical energy sufficient to achieve projectile velocities not possible through the use of traditional chemical propellants.
Added advantages are said to include reduced space requirements for projectiles and elimination of the explosive propellant.
Team members on this program include the University of Texas at Austin Centre for Electromechanics, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas and Silicon Power Corporation of Exton, Pennsylvania.