gun launcher

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gun launcher

[′gən ¦lȯnch·ər]
(ordnance)
A gun adapted to launching guided missiles or rockets.
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According to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) press release, the railgun has been in the works for over a decade.
The railgun uses magnetic fields generated by electricity to accelerate a metal conductor between two rails that then launch a projectile.
An electromagnetic railgun functions in a similar fashion to the EMALS; by generating several megawatts of energy that is then sent along two rails (in a similar fashion to the two beams of the EMALS) to create a magnetic field.
Boxall led his delegation from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to see technologies developed at NSWCDD that included directed energy, electromagnetic railgun, hypervelocity projectile, cyber security, Tactical Tomahawk missile, mission engineering, and the Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense-Antisubmarine Warfare Trainer.
The US Navy intends to test a railgun at sea in 2016 or 2017 and anticipates fielding systems in ten years.
These include new unmanned systems, enhanced ground-based air and missile defenses, new long-ranged anti-ship weapons, the long-range strike bomber and also innovation in technologies like the electromagnetic railgun, lasers and new systems for electronic warfare, space and cyberspace.
Despite the high-profile cancellation of the 2019 railgun test on a Joint High Speed Vessel in this budget, the Navy invests in a bevy of Carter's Third Offset priorities in all five focus areas, particularly acoustics and unmanned undersea vehicles.
Carter Pointed To Potential Weapons Against Russia Including New Unmanned Systems Technologies Like The Electromagnetic Railgun, Lasers, & New Systems For Electronic Warfare, Space And Cyberspace, Including A Few Surprising Ones That I Really Can't Describe Here', Putin On Nov.
Reservists have played key roles in projects like: the electromagnetic railgun, which uses electricity instead of chemical propellants to launch projectiles; the shipboard autonomous firefighting robot (SAFFiR), a human-sized robot that could one day fight shipboard fires; and Navy Fuels, a Naval Research Laboratory-led effort to develop an on-ship system to generate fuel from seawater while underway.
When such capabilities (other examples would include supersonic bombers, railgun technology, anti-missile lasers etc.
Navy's new electromagnetic railgun can launch a 7-pound projectile