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Indian Scientists Successfully Fire Electromagnetic Railgun (Mach 6) Test Shot

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  1. lca-fan

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    Indian Scientists Successfully Fire Electromagnetic Railgun (Mach 6) Test Shot

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    The Indian Defense Research organization hopes to soon complete trials of electromagnetic railguns that would give the country's naval forces a superlative advantage and a capability to launch devastating attacks on both land and sea targets.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Indian defense scientists have successfully developed electromagnetic railguns (EMRG) that can fire projectiles at Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound) or 4,600 miles per hour. Such railguns are touted as one of the future technologies of warfare, as they use kinetic and laser energy instead of controlled explosives for firing missiles.

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    According to the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a 12 mm square bore EMRG has been successfully tested and they are preparing for the 30 mm variety. The target is to accelerate a one kilogram projectile to a velocity of more than 2,000 m/s with a capacitor bank of 10 megajoules.

    "A simple, single pulse driven railgun launcher was developed with a minimum of metal components in proximity to the bore to maximize the inductance of the launcher and to improve the launch efficiency. The launcher has a 12 mm square bore cross-section. The launcher was fabricated with lengths ranging from 1 to 2 meter," a defense scientist involved with the project told Sputnik on condition of anonymity.

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    Experts are of the opinion that India is gaining expertise beyond the conventional fields for technology development.

    "As handling will be very easy, the armed forces can deploy it at any location in an emergency situation. It will be a very tactical weapon for the naval forces, Rajiv Nayan, a missile technology expert at the Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), told Sputnik.

    Another expert believes that such technological advancements will not only provide more teeth to the armed forces, but will also affect a change in the principles that guide the Indian military's approach to warfare.

    "These are the times of early stages of development and more such tests in the future would help India to operationalize this technology, which eventually could demand some changes into the military doctrines," Ajey Lele, a security analyst at IDSA, told Sputnik.

    India expects to equip its naval forces with EMRG as the system has the potential to provide responsive, long-range, accurate and high-volume naval surface fire support. Railguns will also eventually be able to engage surface targets in direct-fire mode. Overall, EMRG will offer numerous advantages over conventional naval gunfire systems, as they have extremely long range, speed and accuracy thus nullifying the escape factor of an enemy platform or approaching projectile.
    https://sputniknews.com/military/201711071058896240-india-electromagnetic-railgun-test/
     
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    shaktimaan Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    But no Indian media is reporting this and i think it is good start...
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Saurav Jha did.I think very recently.Last 2-3 days.
     
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    shaktimaan Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    So they acheive the target or not, bcz in the news itself it was written that 'the target is to.... ', But no mention whether it passed or not
     
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    Target was achieved with 12 mm square bore which is good for technology demonstration but not sufficient to be useful as a weapon.

    The next target is 30 mm which will make it feasible as a weapon.From what I have read(forgot where) 30 mm is almost ready,too.
     
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    Woww!! Where the hell did this come from!!!
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Building a small demonstrator is not difficult, it's just the fundamentals. A lot of countries have such projects, in fact even Turkey has made an 'EMRG' demonstrator before us.

    But scaling them up is the challenge, making them accurate over long ranges is a challenge - one that requires significant investment and R&D.

    This is a good development - but we are not that much closer to making a full-size RG for warships (big enough to replace 76/127mm cannons) than a country like Turkey. In fact even the Turks are way ahead of us on this....let alone US or China.

    Anyway, this should open the doors for significant upscaling of the tech, hopefully we can have a bigger, truck-mounted EMRG for practical purposes by ~2025, like the General Atomics Blitzer:

     
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    With a muzzle velocity of 2000 m/s this can also be used as a interceptor or air defense weapon, especially in dealing with tactical nukes.

    Since Rail gun is powered by electricity, best to merge it with a mini nuclear reactor used in nuclear subs.
     
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    We are still 10+ years away from doing anything with this.
     
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    Dr. K M Rajan, a Mechanical Engineer, has a meritorious academic career, having received First Class with Distinction in B.Tech (NIT Calicut) and M.Tech (IIT Bombay), topping the course. He has obtained his PhD in the area of Flow Forming from IIT Bombay. He also has an MBA degree with specialization in Human Resource Management and Project Management, and a German language certification from Pune University. Dr. Rajan has 32 years of rich experience in the design and development of various Armament systems, particularly Artillery Rockets. He has international recognition for his work in the area of Flow Forming of Rocket Motors and is a well known Rocket Propulsion expert, with publication of more than 70 research papers in peer reviewed international journals & conferences.

    As Director ARDE from 1st April 2014, Dr. Rajan has guided project teams for technology development, expedited crucial programmes and initiated new proposals. Using PSNext software based Project Monitoring System, he has rigorously monitored and reviewed projects for providing course correction. Considering Quality and Reliability to be premium, Dr. Rajan has implemented FMEA for robust product designs. He has made constant efforts to strengthen and re-align HR with organizational goals. Scientists are regularly deputed for advanced training in India and abroad. Young scientists are predominantly engaged for futuristic technology projects. Senior scientists are periodically reassigned to new projects for providing a fresh perspective for smooth progress. Reliability division and Software IV&V division have been formed.

    Dr. Rajan held additional charge as Director, R&DE (Engrs), Dighi between 06 March to 07 April 2016.

    Notable Contributions: A milestone contribution has been the Productionization and ToT of PINAKA, the world class MBRS designed and developed by ARDE, which is the Army's frontline weapon system. More than 6000 PINAKA Rockets have been supplied to the Army. Users have projected the requirement for 1.9 lakh Rockets and 22 MBRS regiments. Dr. Rajan is the principal designer of the PINAKA Rockets. He has also spearheaded the development of Pinaka Mk-II with an enhanced range of 60 km and having remarkable accuracy and consistency. Enabling technologies such as indigenous Turbo generator based ET Fuze, flow forming of rocket motors, nozzle based ignition and case bonded motors, wrap around fin stabilization for rockets, high L/D low calibre composite propellant grain of finocyl design methodology, etc. were established. The firepower of Pinaka has received a major boost due to the successful performance of the Area Denial Munition Warhead capable of neutralizing an area of more than 12,000 m2 with devastating effects during the User trial conducted in Sep 2016 at Pokhran, and with the User recommendation for its induction. ATM and STM warheads are getting ready for User trials.

    Dr. Rajan has put to use his vast experience in Rocket technologies to guide the range enhancement of GRAD 122 mm Rocket available with the Army from 20 km to nearly 40 km achieved during flight trials during technology development project. He has facilitated ToT of ARDE products and has helped establish several work centres across the country for vital technologies such as flow forming, filament winding, TPS for rocket motor, propellant processing, etc.

    Under Dr. Rajan's command, DRDO's blue chip project for development of Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) is going full steam, encouraged by the successful dynamic Proof trials using ARDE developed Fixed Firing Stand, ANGAD. Through his negotiation skills, meticulous supervision and timely action he has built up a good rapport with the numerous players involved in this vital programme, thus paving the way for realization of the first ever 155mm/52 calibre Artillery Gun for the Nation.

    With the upgradation of Hypervelocity tunnel facility, ARDE's ambitious Electro Magnetic Gun project is on a fast track. Assembly of two Railguns of 12 mm and 30 mm Square Bore, test firing of 12 mm Railgun and layout for 1.6 MJ Capacitor bank has been completed, and the target is to fire a 1 kg projectile with a velocity of more than 2000 m/s with a capacitor bank of 10 MJ.

    Dr. Rajan is ably steering ARDE in the field of Precision Guided Munitions. Mid-course guidance has been established for the Laser homing Cannon Launched Guided Missile. 120 mm Laser guided ATGM for empowering MBT Arjun MK-II is being developed. Development of Guided Pinaka having INS+GPS guidance with canard control, Accuracy of 60 – 80 m and Range enhancement up to 80 km is aimed at. Dynamic trials are planned during Dec 2016. Preliminary Adaptation of 450 kg HSLD Bomb with Griffin LG Kit & Dual Fuze on Jaguar and Su-30 has been completed. As a result of Dr. Rajan's persistent follow-up, Su-30 aircraft has been approved by Air Force as the platform for HSLD Bomb with Precision Guidance Kit , thus removing the hurdle for final implementation. Design & development of a variety of warheads for tactical missiles are also being progressed at ARDE.

    The New Family of Munitions (NFM) programme, comprising six types of mines with sophisticated RF communication features, is progressing well. NIPUN has successfully completed User trials, VIBHAV & VISHAL are presently undergoing User trials, while remaining are fast approaching User trials. Several of the infantry projects are coming to fruition, namely, 40 mm Air Bursting Grenade, Joint Venture Protective Carbine, Multi Calibre Individual Weapon System and Corner Shot Weapon.

    On the Naval front, Range extension of existing Anti-Submarine Rocket for RBU 6000 Launcher up to 8.5+ km has been successfully demonstrated.

    Infrastructure development: Dr. Rajan has made immense contributions to Infrastructure development. Fully equipped Rocket Technology Centre, Hypervelocity Centre, Gun Integration Facility for ATAGS, state-of-the-Art Fuze simulation facility, fully automatic Anechoic Chamber, Structural Load Test facility for Aircraft bombs, Rapid Prototyping Machine, Cold Isostatic Press, Special Project Facility, renovated Technical Management division, Security Complex with Access Control System, well developed Range Complex, ultra modern Information Centre for Armament Technology are some major contributions. Dr. Rajan has taken keen interest in modernizing the Computing & Networking Solutions facility. An upgraded 2-roller flow forming machine centre has been established at the Prototype Manufacturing Unit for manufacture of a variety of Shaped charges for various Warheads. A Virtual Reality Centre and a complete overhaul of the Prototype Manufacturing Unit are in the pipeline.

    https://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/labs1/ARDE/English/indexnew.jsp?pg=dir-profile.jsp
     
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    DRDO's work on its indigenous ELECTROMAGNETIC rail gun project, tenders were issued to Indian companies for subsystems.

    pic block diagram of the drdo rail gun

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    Simulation software
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    http://zeusnumerix.com/case-studies...tructural-design-of-electromagnetic-rail-gun/
     
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