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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
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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
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Chinese ship spotter picture showing the PLAN Type 072 III landing ship fitted with a large turret which could be a railgun
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Chinese ship spotter guestimation on the nature of the various elements fitted aboard Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan (translation by Navy Recogintion).

All photos taken from navyrecognition.com
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Re: China’s Secretive Electromagnetic Railgun
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2018, 08:23:57 AM »
PLA website confirms sea trial of shipborne railgun | atimes - MARCH 14, 2018
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Sea tests of China’s indigenous electromagnetic railguns are under way, Chinese papers have revealed, quoting delegates of the People’s Liberation Army who are attending the annual parliamentary session in Beijing.

This has been further confirmed by a feature on the PLA-run news portal 81.cn bout a female lead engineer who was the brains behind a repeating pulsating direct current power system that could charge the railgun.

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The Global Times quoted commentators as saying that 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.

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China is also set to be the first country to mount a railgun on a warship. The PLA landing ship Haiyang Shan, carrying what appeared to be a shipborne railgun, was seen undergoing tests at a dock in Wuhan before its reported sea trail this year.


A recent photo of what is believed to be the PLA's first shipborne railgun. Photo: WeChat
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A photo shows the Haiyang Shan sailing down the Yangtze River to the East China Sea. Photo: WeChat