ACTA Ltd (Sistimata Tilepikinonion Antonis Georgiou Monoprosopi Eteria Periorismenis Efthinis)

Looking for a partner for Call: Research actions (dedicated to disruptive technologies for defence). Electromagnetic artillery demonstrator project

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Last update: Aug 12, 2022 Last update: Aug 12, 2022


Deadline: Nov 24, 2022
Project locations: EU 27 EU 27
Sectors: Security, Science & Innovation, Air & Aviation Security, Science & Innovation, Air & Aviation
Partner types: Consulting Organization, Engineering Firm, NGO, Other, Supplier Consulting Organization, Engineering Firm, NGO, Other, Supplier
Partner locations: EU 27, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Norway, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Turks and Caicos, Wallis and Futuna EU 27, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islan ... See more


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ACTA’s competence 1. EMF s/w application: collects & analyzes measurements from several types of ElectroMagnetic Field monitoring stations 2. Performance monitoring solutions for telecomm network KPIs 3. Zero-touch provisioning (TR-069) CPE mgmt solution, with security improvement and threat mitigation via fast and massive CPE upgrades. Currently in 2 Horizon2020 EC funded projects, 5G-TOURS & 5G-HEART. Interested in Defense, Unified space and Earth comms and link performance measurements.

Electromagnetic artillery demonstrator


Programme: European Defence Fund
Work programme part: EDF-2022
Call: Research actions (dedicated to disruptive technologies for defence) through lump sum grants following the call for proposals (EDF-2022-LS-RA-DIS)

Topic description
Objective:The combination of electromagnetic artillery guns with smart ammunition can provide long-range precision strikes, as well as increased air defence and anti-surface warfare capabilities. Such combination is expected to improve the effectiveness and the protection of future European land and naval systems. Electromagnetic guns might provide a drastic superiority over conventional guns due to its hypersonic muzzle velocities, while guided projectiles will provide higher accuracy and precision. This topic complements ongoing projects, in particular following the 2019 PADR call on emerging technologies for defence.

General objective

Long-range effects are a substantial contributor to capability priorities concerning sea surface superiority and ground combat capabilities to maintain indirect / over-the-horizon fire support over large distances for precision strikes against a brought spectrum of targets. Physical limits of existing artillery systems in highly agile symmetric warfare scenarios call for exploring radical game-changing concepts, that combine increased performance and safety on the battlefield and that cannot be achieved with conventional (chemical) propellants and launchers. These will allow European technology and industry to remain at the leading-edge, contributing to technological supremacy and European Strategic Autonomy in the defence sector.

Specific objective

Considering the requirements for enhanced precision and extended range of ammunition, while seeking affordable costs, Electromagnetic accelerators, or guns (EMG) represent a disruptive technology to launch projectiles over extremely long distance (> 200 km [1]) and muzzle velocities. Thus, an EMG system is a promising option to fill the gap between conventional artillery (cost effective but limited to 70 km [2] range) and missiles (long-range but expensive and therefore limited to high-level targets).

An EMG system consists of the three major components, the accelerator or electromagnetic gun itself, the conversion and storage unit, and the projectile. These components present different technology maturity levels and affect the total system efficiency. Two basic concepts have been investigated for military applications, the railgun (EMRG) and the coilgun [3] (EMCG).

In Europe, the technological maturity of the EMG systems system is currently located in the range between TRL 3 and TRL 4, which means that the experimental proof of concept is done and the technology is being validated in a laboratory environment.

Feeding the EMG with a large amount of energy in a very short time is a challenge. The electric pulsed power, that is needed to supply the EMG, requires storage space close to the gun barrel. Electrical storage is under the constraint of at least two parameters: the first parameter is the volume needed for the hardware (related to the energy density of the storage, that is to say, to the storage weight); the second parameter is the capability of the storage to deliver the energy in a very short duration.

The projectile and the electromagnetic launcher have to be co-developed. In the case that electronic parts and other electromagnetically sensitive parts has to be integrated into the projectile magnetic shielding has to be taken into account for the system-specific projectile design. EMG are most frequently working with square calibres. Rectangular or round calibres can also be used, which are more challenging because of the need for sabots or laborious constructive measures This means that a large variety of projectile shapes are possible and offer the opportunity to develop out-of-the-box aerodynamic concepts.

A large calibre weapon with an extremely high muzzle velocity, achieved by electromagnetic propulsion (hypervelocity regime), has major benefits like longer ranges and shorter time-to-target, compared to conventional artillery systems or missiles.

However, developing a large calibre electromagnetic gun is an ambitious goal that will require time to achieve. An intermediate step is required. Besides, considering the emergence of new air threats such as swarms of drones or hypersonic missiles, novel capabilities for air defence missions will be key assets. This is why a medium calibre electromagnetic gun that can be used for air defence and anti-surface warfare is seen as an important goal and also as a milestone in the global roadmap for the development of electromagnetic guns.

Taking into consideration that the electromagnetic gun will be integrated in a naval or land platform, the size and weight of the different components (e.g., components for conversion and storage of energy) are considered a challenge, which needs to be addressed.

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