BAE Systems Boosts Railgun Efforts with Acquisition of IAP Research

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March 13, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: March 13 on

In an effort to accelerate progress on the electromagnetic railgun development, BAE Systems announced the acquisition of Ohio-based IAP Research.

Prior to the acquisition, IAP Research was a major BAE Systems subcontractor on the U.S. Navy-led development of an electromagnetic (EM) railgun.

The Dayton team, which is part of BAE’s weapons systems business, has more than 35 years of specialized experience, focused on the development and production of electromagnetic launchers, power electronics, and advanced materials. The addition of IAP also positions BAE Systems to pursue other business opportunities in advanced weapon systems, the company said.

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