Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,048,771.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-12-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4947
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-059
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
Doyle Motes
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
dmotes@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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