ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202108.0166.v1
Subject: Engineering, Automotive Engineering Keywords: electric weapons; rail gun; electromagnetic ammunition; hybrid technologies; plasma detonator.
Online: 6 August 2021 (14:00:09 CEST)
Although the idea of making electric weapons has emerged since the beginning of the 20th Century, the great number of technological problems made that such technology was not developed. During the Cold War, the US strategic programme Space Defensive Initiative paid a special attention to this category of weapons, but the experiments have demonstrated that the prototypes are too big, very heavy, and involve a very high energy consumption and low reliability. Under these circumstances, the authors have noticed the trend to design new types of electric weapons starting from the hybridization of some technologies: the compressed flux weapons, the plasma electromagnetic cannon, the electromagnetic weapons as the coil-gun and rail-gun.