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Innovative Large Caliber Gun for Naval Gun Fire Support

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 37015
Amount: $74,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
401 North Argonne Ave.
Sterling, VA 20164
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan L. Voss
 (202) 898-9621
Business Contact
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Research Institution

The objective of this project is to design a new large caliber naval gun to fit in a relatively small volume within a ship and yet be capable of firing ranges considerably greater than are presently available from equal caliber guns and ammunition. This gun will have a very short recoil whose greater recoil forces will be passed directly to major load bearing structure near the ship's keel thereby reducing the necessity to add heavy structure above the ship's vertical center of gravity (KG). This will enhance ship stability. Whereas existing guns require a double ram to load long projectiles and propellant, this gun will have the ability to conduct automatic simultaneous propellant and projectile loading thereby reducing loading time and increasing the firing rate. The unique design of the gun barrel will allow both short and long range firing. The gun design will incorporate lightweight high strength composite material wherever possible to reduce total gun weight. Radar cross section reduction will be a prime design consideration. A conceptual design of the gun was generated to fit the small ship installation volume, low radar cross section, rapid firing and barrel length necessary to achieve long range accurate payload delivery.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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