China superweapon revealed: ‘Secret electromagnetic railgun’ on warship PICTURED

Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

CHINA appears to have developed a superweapon as pictures emerge of the world’s first electromagnetic railgun mounted on the side of a ship, which is far more powerful than any such hardware developed in the west, including the US.

By MARK CHANDLER
Express.co.uk
Sat, Feb 3, 2018

Alarming photos published online suggest the Chinese military is testing the Star Wars-style weapon, which uses electromagnetic force to fire projectiles at incredibly high speeds and across huge distances.

Tests of prototypes in the US show the projectiles, fired along charged rails, could hit speeds of Mach 7 – seven times the speed of sound – and have a range of 160km.

Beijing is thought to be very keen on the weapon because it offers the range of a missile but the speed of a cannon.

And new pictures show a ship at the Wuchang shipyard equipped with what appears to be a working railgun.

It looks as though the Haiyang Shan vessel has had a new turret installed and containers to house the power supply.

The ship-mounted cannon is relatively huge compared to the size of the ship, which is normally armed with a small 37mm point defence gun on the bow.

Chinese navy chiefs often use the Hubei province shipyard to carry out secret military testing and experts fear the railgun could be up and running soon.

They say the weapon appears similar to the US Navy’s own railgun prototype.

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