Recently, Chinese papers have confirmed that the sea trials of China’s indigenous electromagnetic railguns are underway, this paper has revealed it by quoting members of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) who are attending the annual parliamentary session at Beijing.
Not only this but this info has also been confirmed by a feature on the PLA-run news portal 81.cn bout a female lead engineer. She was the mastermind behind a repeating
beating direct contemporary power system that could charge the shipborne railgun.
According to the Zhang Xiao, who is an associate research fellow at the Wuhan-based PLA Naval University of Engineering said, “the breakthrough was a hard-won result after hundreds of failures and more than 50,000 tests.”
She further managed a team that balanced the technical obstacles of placing shipborne electromagnetic launching systems and considered to be designed for use in future Chinese aircraft carriers.
However, the Global Times quoted, “the United States used to maintain a lead in developing such state-of-the-art power systems, but the breakthrough could bring the PLA Navy into the same league as the US in railgun development and trials.”
To create or generate the strong electromagnetic power between two rails, Railguns use electricity as well as use a conductive metal device, called an armature. Further, railguns pick up a projectile and accelerate down the path between the rails.
China is all set to make its name to be the first nation to mount a railgun on a warship. While earlier this year, the People’s Liberation Army landing ship Haiyang Shan, taking what seemed to be a shipborne railgun, was seen undergoing tests at a dock at Wuhan.
The sea trials project is considered as the huge and massive project which requires more than 200 staffers from 20 different units.
According to the website, “The electromagnetic railgun is a key frontier of the next generation of weaponry that will replace gunpowder with electricity and magnetism.”
The power supply will surely transfer large currents, sustained and controlled over a useful amount of time.
For example, at the time of the US Navy’s experiment in 2010, a power-supply system produced 33 megajoules to move a missile from a railgun.