Electro Thermal Chemical Gun Technology Study
MITRE CORP MCLEAN VA JASON PROGRAM OFFICE
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This study of ETC gun technology was performed at the request of Dr. John Parmentola, Acting Director for Research and Lab Management, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Army. Funding for the study was provided by the Army Research Office under the guidance of Dr. Michael Stroscio. Electro Thermal Chemical ETC gun technology refers to the use of plasma devices in place of traditional chemical ignitors to initiate the burning of high energy propellants in a controlled manner. The goal of ETC gun research and development is to provide higher muzzle velocities and more reliable performance for large bore weapons than is possible with existing gun technology.