High Velocity Insensitive Launch Systems

Period of Performance: 11/02/2011 - 08/10/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Systima Technologies, Inc.
10809 120th Avenue Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98033
Principal Investigator


Systima is proposing to develop an end-to-end integrated solution to provide a high velocity, Long Range Ram Accelerator Mobile Field Howitzer (LRRAM-FH) system that will dramatically increase velocity and range capabilities over conventional artillery. The ram accelerator launcher will accelerate the projectiles to velocities greater than 2 km/s, which will extend the capability of modern kinetic weapons and kinetic energy levels. LRRAM-FH design will maximize the mission effectiveness by providing a long range strike capability within existing artillery units while not adversely increasing logistics requirements. The LRRAM-FH would integrate existing infrastructure for training/elevating the tube and fire control systems. The LRRAM-FH will have adequate mobility to be integrated within existing remote firebases. The ram accelerator is a hypervelocity launcher that has been demonstrated with muzzle velocity up to 2.7 km/s. A new configuration offers significant performance gains over conventional ram accelerators and improved field-ability. Use of kinetic energy rather than high explosives will help these high velocity projectiles be insensitive material (IM) compliant. This in turn improves the system s performance in the field and provides increased value to the warfighter. Systima will develop the concept and evaluate integration/application methods/designs to optimize the performance during the Phase I program.