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France Working on Electromagnetic Railgun for Naval Application
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Pegasus Railgun ISL DGA
A French-German electromagnetic (EM) railgun project was unveiled during the 2017 "DGA Innovations" event hosted by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) yesterday. Launched by the ISL (French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis) in 1987, the project was mostly kept under cover until now.
 
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Naval Industry News - France
 
 
 
France Working on Electromagnetic Railgun for Naval Application
 
A French-German electromagnetic (EM) railgun project was unveiled during the 2017 "DGA Innovations" event hosted by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) yesterday. Launched by the ISL (French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis) in 1987, the project was mostly kept under cover until now.
     
Pegasus Railgun ISL DGAA full scale EM railgun prototype dubbed "Pegasus" was built in 1997 at ISL facility in Eastern France, close to the German border. ISL picture.
     
Industry partners in the project include: Naval Group, ISL, Nexter Systems, Nexter Munitions and MBDA. A Naval Group concept ship (scale model) fitted with EM Railguns is set to be unveiled at Euronaval 2018. DGA and ISL believe that the first practical application for the technology would indeed be in the naval field.

Read the full story by our partner Army Recognition.

It is not the first time that we report on the French Navy (Marine Nationale) interest for this technology. You may recall that in 2015 a French Navy and DGA delegation visited the EM railgun at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in the USA.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division is the location where the US Navy and Office of Naval Research (ONR) are currently testing EM railgun technology.