Chinese Navy ship Spotted with a Deadly Electromagnetic Railgun, Pictures leaked

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The Chinese lately, are venturing into new technologies to bolster their military prowess. If recent reports are to be believed, they could be possibly be developing a Rail gun.

SAN DIEGO (July 8, 2014) One of the two electromagnetic railgun prototypes on display aboard the joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Kirsop/Released)

Rail-Guns or Electromagnetic guns propels a projectile into mid-boggling speeds capable of delivering very huge impact force. It was popularized in the film Transformers: Rise of the Fallen. Since the kinetic energy attained is very high the warhead is not explosible.

The images clicked by an amateur ship-spotter in China shows the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s Type-072III class landing ship-Haiyang Shan. It was spotted at Wuchang Shipyard in Hubei province. The ship sports a huge forward facing gun turret under protective clothing and fully enclosed. The other ships of this class sports a smaller twin 37mm gun in the same position.

A Type-072 Class (928) Landing Ship with the normal twin 37mm gun, Credits: WikimediaCommons/ 樱井千

 

The above tweet shows the humongous turret and since it’s posting many have put forward the idea of a possible EM gun. If it indeed is an EN gun, then PLAN would be the first navy to start field tests of EM guns, with USA still on development phase.

 

 

The pictures also shows containers aboard the ship’s deck citing a possible powerplant for the EM gun. Some have cited it to be control stations for engineers to study the characteristics during trials.

With the Chinese’s rail gun project dating back to the 80’s, it is no wonder they have made a prototype. In October 2017, Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, in charge of such research at the PLAN University of Engineering in Wuhan – the capital of Hubei province, home of Wuchang Shipyard – announced his team had made major breakthroughs in their research.

A Chinese rail-gun during development (pre-2006), Credits to owners

The research on this weapon systems were pioneered by the Americans to equip their Zumwalt Class Destroyers. They have developed a prototype and firing trials were done and videos made public. However, the huge power requirement and durability of the barrel for multiple firing has made them lose interest.

The Rail guns give the navy huge advantages over the conventional cannons since it doesn’t require an exploding charge thus making projectiles compact. Also, the projectile travels at a speed of nearly 6x the speed of sound giving it a huge range.

The Chinese have invested heavily in advanced techs recently with the likes of Laser weapons, Stealth aircrafts etc. With Rail-guns being the latest addition could propel the Chinese navy as the dominant navy in global waters. This, undoubtedly would pose challenge to competitors in the region and also to all major navies around the world.