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GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES ET GUN CONTRACT

 GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES ET GUN CONTRACT
 STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics


Land Systems Division has received an $8.8 million contract from the U.S. Army for further development of electrothermal (ET) gun technology.
 The ET gun contract covers 2 1/2 years, with the first year devoted to subscale gun firing (30mm) and the next 18 months devoted to demonstration of a 120mm tank gun and a 155mm artillery gun.
 ET gun technology is a new patented process that replaces conventional gun powder with a high-energy electrical pulse provided to a chemically active but non-explosive propellant in the chamber of a gun. An ET gun can achieve 1 1/2 to 2 times greater muzzle kinetic energy than the projectile from a conventional weapon, using the same gun tube.
 "The objective of this contract is to perfect a new gun technology to be incorporated into development of main armament for use in future main battle tanks and advanced field artillery systems," said Bruce VanDeusen, program director-Electrothermal Programs. "Electrothermal technology has exciting possibilities because it should be more efficient, less expensive and much safer than conventional propellants, and it can be adapted to current guns, using current ammunition or electrothermal ammunition interchangeably."
 Land Systems Division has previously demonstrated the ability to fire electric guns at energies substantially higher than conventional gun technology with power supply sizes that are compatible with vehicle application. The General Dynamics approach uses substantially less electric power than any other known electric gun and has the potential for early vehicle installation.
 This effort is part of the overall Army electric gun program which focuses on the development of electrothermal propulsion technology to support future development of tanks and/or artillery.
 Subscale firing will be performed at GT Devices (a General Dynamics wholly owned subsidiary), in Alexandria, Va. Full-scale firings will be conducted at the General Dynamics' Mason Technology Center in Apple Grove, W.Va., where the division conducts research and development on ET gun technology.
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 /CONTACT: Donald L. Gilleland of General Dynamics Land Systems Division, 313-825-7930/
 (GD) CO: General Dynamics Land Systems Division; U.S. Army ST: Michigan IN: ARO SU: CON


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