Illustration of firing capability of an electromagnetic rail gun
Aided by a friendly business climate cultivated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, San Diego–based General Atomics is exploring avenues to shift production and development of next-generation military weaponry and infrastructure to his country, according to a weekend report from India's Financial Express.
The company has already retained the services of Vivek Lall, who has in the past worked for Boeing, Raytheon, and NASA, among others. The Financial Express reports that Lall met with Modi during a recent trip to Washington DC to promote the prime minister's "Make in India" campaign to attract business.
Lall is employed with the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems wing of the company, which is exploring the military application of electromagnetic rail guns, which can launch missiles and other projectiles without the use of explosives. The technology could also replace steam-powered catapults in launching fighter planes from aircraft carriers.