| || Advanced Concepts of the Propulsion System for the Futuristic Gun Ammunition
Author : Damse, R.S. ;Singh, Amarjit
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:53(4) ; 2003 ; pp 343-350
Subject : 662.3 Propellants;623.45 Ammunition
Keywords : Gun propellant;Propulsion system;Gun ammunition;High performance propellants;Hypervelocity guns
Abstract : This review paper reports various concepts of the gun propulsion system to meet the goal of the futuristic hypervelocity projectiles. The nonconventional concepts, such as liquid gun propellant, rail gun, coil gun, electrothermal gun, electrothermal chemical gun along with conventional energetic solid gun propellant have been discussed. Even though muzzle velocity around 2000 m/s has been claimed to be achieved using such nonconventional propulsion systems, it will take quite some time before such systems are in regular use in the battlefield. Hence, solid gun propellants containing novel energetic ingredients (binders, plasticisers, and oxidisers) would continue to be used in the near future and are expected to meet the requirements of the futuristic gun ammunition.