Hello, new building blocks for a modularized auxiliary cruiser:
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has developed a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density than existing railgun pulsed power solutions, the company announced in a March 9 release.
The HEPPC can reduce the number of pulsed power containers required to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles from a railgun weapon system, providing greater flexibility for future Navy and Army railgun applications.
GA-EMS has put the same power capacity in a 10-foot shipping container that used to require a 20-foot shipping container.
So could the Navy mount a rail gun on a container ship taken into Navy service with as many of those HEPPC units as needed (and the ammunition, of course) to have an auxiliary cruiser with a big-ass rail gun?
Hey, no space limitations for the weapon on that kind of large platform, eh?
The concept isn't just for the Army (see page 50), you know.