— General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group said on Jan. 31 that it received a U.S. Navy contract to develop advanced, high-energy-density capacitors for high-power microwave weapon systems. Financial terms of the contract, awarded by the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium, were not disclosed.

Defense Department thinkers see high power microwave, or HPM, as a possible way to fry an enemy’s electronic equipment or disable machinery such as a small boat motors.

“This award is an exciting opportunity for us to capitalize on the advances we’ve made in engineering and manufacturing compact, high-energy capacitors for railgun pulsed power applications, and apply those innovations to create capacitors for emerging HPM weapon systems,” Nick Bucci, vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS, said in a statement distributed by the company.

“Our new materials and manufacturing technologies and techniques will help shape future capacitor capabilities to meet the necessary power output and reduced package size required for next generation platforms.”

GA-EMS of Rancho Bernardo is part of privately held General Atomics.