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China’s Secretive Electromagnetic Railgun
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:54:52 AM »
Is China's PLAN About to Test a Railgun at Sea ? | Navy Recognition - 31 January 2018
Ship spotters from China released several pictures of what appears to be an electromagnetic (EM) railgun. The pictures released on January 31st show the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan (hull number 936) fitted with the suspected railgun at its bow and several ISO containers amidship.

At least three containers seem to be placed on the landing ship, likely for power supply and control. The shape of the turret itself is in line with what a railgun turret could look like. The shape of the barrel itself shares some similarities with BAE Systems' railgun (in its turreted variant) with a large diameter on one half and a smaller diameter on the second half.

Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan fitted with what appears to be a railgun and several containers

Chinese ship spotter picture showing the PLAN Type 072 III landing ship fitted with a large turret which could be a railgun

Chinese ship spotter guestimation on the nature of the various elements fitted aboard Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan (translation by Navy Recogintion).

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