The US Navy may use Zumwalt platform to evaluate the General Dynamic railgun. Successful testing could lead to billions in sales for General Dynamics according to this article from The Motley Fool.
U.S. Navy’s Mach 7 Railgun Could Mean Billions of Dollars for General Dynamics
Could Navy’s rush-ahead on new tech force it to reverse course on the Zumwalt destroyer?
It’s official. The U.S. Navy is building a railgun.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, announced it has begun engineering studies preparatory to installing an electromagnetic railgun aboard a U.S. warship. Now, we’ve known this was in the works for more than a year already. What’s surprising in the Navy’s announcement, though, is not the fact that they’re building a railgun per se — but where they plan to put it.
As of last year, the plan was for the Navy to build its railgun, test it out aboard the newexpeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3), and if all goes well, later incorporate the railgun into its design for the upcoming third Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002). But here’s the problem:
Defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is due to deliver the Lyndon B. Johnson to the Navy by 2018. Testing the railgun aboard the Millinocket was supposed to begin in 2017, though, and continue for as long as a year. Any hiccup in the scheduling could delay installation aboard the Lyndon B. Johnson, and deprive America’s most advanced warship of perhaps its most lethal weapon — a Mach 7 cannon capable of hurtling projectiles out to strike targets 100 miles distant.