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Turkey’s TÜBİTAK-SAGE showcases electromagnetic railgun progress
July 25, 2017
Photo credit: A Haber

Turkey’s TÜBİTAK-SAGE showcases electromagnetic railgun progress

The Turkish munitions developer TÜBİTAK-SAGE showcased its progress in developing an electromagnetic railgun to the Turkish government at the end of October (Hurriyet).

Designated ‘Sapan’, TÜBİTAK-SAGE’s research and development program aims to provide the Turkish arms industry with the groundwork to develop one day develop applications using this technology.

Electromagnetic (EM) rail guns are long-range weapons capable of propelling projectiles using electricity instead of explosive propellants. The objective behind this developing this technology is to enable armed forces users to propel projectiles significantly further and at much higher speeds (up to 7,242 km/h).

Currently, only the U.S. and U.K. have made substantive strides in EM railgun technology, though several other major powers, such as China, are at work to develop analogous counterparts.

While the offensive impact of EM railguns is not to be understated (in the long-term), the requisite developmental gains needed to achieve efficiency in power consumption and space management (especially onboard surface warships) will be valuable as well.

  • Navid Butt

    A few years back ,I read somewhere that Nescom was also working on Electrmagnetics instead of Laser Technology, any body ,any info?.

  • MT

    India is working on Secret Project named 18 type destroyer which will be laced with Electromagnetic rail gun

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    “The electromagnetic gun is being researched in the DRDO labs with BEL partaking in the programme for the gun fire control systems. The destroyer is expected to fit a 64 MJ version of electromagnetic gun. Munitions for the gun are being researched on as well.

    Electromagnetic gun replacing the famed Otobreda of Indian Navy, will be supported with laser based CIWS, in works in LASTEC of DRDO. The warship will be deployed with 300 kW of laser system, capable of shooting down the aerial threats. The planned CIWS will draw inspiration from the present Phalnax CIWS and have its own radar. Indian Army has also expressed interests in the project, for it wishes to mount laser based systems on its combat vehicle

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