June 4, 2018 —
The US Navy has awarded a new contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) for the development of advanced, high energy density capacitors.
The deal has been awarded by the navy through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) and the capacitors will be used in high-power microwave (HPM) weapon systems.
GA-EMS will use advanced technologies to develop new high energy density capacitors as part of the arrangement, which are intended to facilitate the deployment of HPM systems on smaller, tactically relevant navy platforms.
GA-EMS Missile Defense and Space Systems vice-president Nick Bucci said: “This award is an exciting opportunity for us to capitalize on the advances we’ve made in engineering and manufacturing compact, high-energy capacitors for railgun pulsed power applications, and apply those innovations to create capacitors for emerging HPM weapon systems.