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Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9113M-12-C-0027
Award Amount: $1,048,771.00


The deployment of the C-RAM weapon system in and around urban/suburban has increased the desire of the Army to have the ability to"dial in"a velocity to guns for response to a wider range of scenarios. Responding to this request, TRI/Austin will build upon its successful electro-thermal gun and projectile program and proposes designing, fabricating, and testing an electro-thermal chemical launcher capable of operating on air or a hybrid liquid working fluid as a feasibility test-bed for larger caliber launchers that will evolve into a replacement/upgrade for C-RAM. TRI/Austin will team with the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, with a world class pulsed power facility and gun range for testing the prototype design. Projectiles up to .45 caliber in electrically conductive and non-conductive materials will be tested at up to C-RAM velocities (1,030 m/s). Research and development will be conducted to shrink the propellant mechanism down to a one-use cartridge. This program has the potential to increase soldier safety (removal of propellant) and serve as a template for exploring modification to additional gun systems to achieve variable velocity.

Principal Investigator:

Doyle Motes
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
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Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No