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SAIC - Advanced Modular Gun Demonstrator


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SAIC
: 09 July, 2008  (New Product)
Science Applications International Corporation has successfully tested the Advanced Modular Gun Demonstrator (AMGD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centers' Wallops Flight Facility, located in Wallops Island, Va.
The AMGD is the result of a five-year contract with the U.S. Navy, which has a value of more than $11 million. Under the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), 3C sponsored contract, SAIC engineers worked with Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren and Indian Head Divisions to develop a high-performance, modular, large-caliber, powder test gun.

During testing, the AMG achieved a successful shot of an unassisted round, which traveled more than 85 statutory miles. The distance was measured by Wallops Flight Facility tracking systems. Early results indicate a new record may have been set for distance of a gun-launched projectile.

The test verified the AMGD's capability as a technology demonstrator and test platform for the development of long-range projectiles that require exo-atmospheric flight, aerodynamic heating and the ability to overcome critical re-entry. The AMGD demonstrated the ability to launch projectiles to extended ranges of more than 85 statutory miles with exo-atmospheric altitudes in excess of 150,000 feet. The test also validated the demonstration teams' abilities to collect measurements from the gun system as well as to transmit heating and flight data from the projectile to a ground receiving station.

'The AMGD provides the defense community with a test platform for advanced gun technology to help meet future needs identified by the military,' said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.
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