Leaked Photos Show "Secret Railgun" Mounted On Chinese Warship

A Chinese warship moored on the Yangtze River appears to be undergoing a somewhat unique upgrade at a shipyard in Hubei, which may indicate the People’s Liberation Army has become the first military in the world to mount an electromagnetic hypersonic railgun onto a ship.

On January 31st, ship observers from China leaked surveillance photographs of what appears to be an electromagnetic hypersonic railgun at Wuchang Shipyard. The images show the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 072 III landing ship called the Haiyang shan (hull number 936) with its standard twin 37-millimeter cannons removed, and what is suspected, a railgun in its place with support containers situated midship.

The Russian Times speculates that the containers located midship are support systems for the suspected railgun and highlights the similarities of the railgun to the one developed by BAE Systems.

The photos of the ‘Haiyangshan’ show a different weapon: a turreted and partially covered gun that has some similarities with a railgun developed by BAE Systems. Its barrel has a larger diameter about half the length closer to the turret and a smaller diameter for the half closer to the business end.

At least three containers, possibly with electronic equipment and generators to provide extra power for the suspected railgun, were seen on the ship. If proven true, China could become the first nation to test a railgun weapons system at sea.

A railgun uses a powerful electrical current to accelerate a metal projectile along a path of conductive rails to supersonic speed. The technology could replace gunpowder-based munitions as large-caliber artillery, but has some drawbacks, including high power requirements and rapid wear of the barrel, which has to withstand high temperatures and stress during the shooting process.

“Wuchang Shipyard is regularly used to test new PLA weapons and it is no secret that China wants to become a leader in electromagnetic technologies,” said the Asia Times. The Shipyard has also been the site of the PLA developing a magnetic propulsion system to launch jets off aircraft carriers.

Here are more surveillance images with an up-close view of the Type 072 III landing warship outfitted with the suspected railgun…

“A total of ten Type 072III-class landing ship (NATO designation Yuting-II class) were commissioned with the PLAN from 1992 until 2002. They have a length of 119.5 meters and a displacement of 4,800 tons. They are usually fitted with three H/PJ76F twin 37mm gun system (including at the bow where the suspected railgun is not fitted), ” said Navy Recognition.

As we have explained before, militaries around the world are in a race to develop hypersonic weapons before the next major conflict breaks out. The Russian Times breaks down the technology behind the rail gun, but also offers insight into the status of America’s railgun program. Nevertheless, the next major conflict will be fought with hypersonic weapons, otherwise, why are countries around the world racing to acquire this technology?

A railgun uses a powerful electrical current to accelerate a metal projectile along a path of conductive rails to supersonic speed. The technology could replace gunpowder-based munitions as large-caliber artillery, but has some drawbacks, including high power requirements and rapid wear of the barrel, which has to withstand high temperatures and stress during the shooting process.

The US was long considered the frontrunner in the race to advance the technology. Last year, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) demonstrated a multi-shot salvo test – in which two projectiles were fired by a railgun in quick succession to prove the weapon can sustain a high rate of fire. But the future of the American EMRG program, which was supposed to produce a weapons system for the Zumwalt-class destroyers by 2020, is in question due to high costs.

What we are looking at below is the U.S. Navy’s electromagnetic railgun in Virginia.

Notice how the gun is not on a ship? Is the United States falling behind?

Comments

Joe Trader macholatte Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:01 Permalink

So...we buy products manufactured in China, send them our jobs & wealth, WHILE funding Russia & Saudi Arabia when we pay for oil for shipping - & in return all three countries buy military gear and point them at us?

Trump better get to work on that Chinese trade deficit in a hurry.

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D503 Benjamin123 Sat, 02/03/2018 - 09:06 Permalink

There is no point in making a rail gun with a round barrel.

The only use for these weapons is punching "small" holes in things from far away with no fuel onboard the projectile.

Rail guns suck at rapid fire rates, and are shit to maintain. No serious effort was worth putting into this. It isn't even a billion dollar project.

This dumb bitch wants to talk about capacitor banks, then fucks up not realizing rail guns require megajoules of energy per discharge, or thousands of watt hours, or millions of amperes. Which metric would you prefer to be told you're wrong in? Caps still need power shitdick, the rails still need that power too shitdick, they aren't magic and they still suffer resistance, charge times, and require a power supply.

"Magnets, how do they work?"

So the choices are:

China installed a near useless platform taking up crucial space, that any engineer able to pass material sciences would have told his employer was pseudoscience bullshit, wrapped it in a uselessly round barrel, and then proudly displayed an albatross it hung around its neck.

Or

The laws of physics held. Everyone that promoted kinetic weapon projects here in the US are now undeniably the military's version of the left's "men can be women too" bullshit science peddlers, and too many of you faggots fucking wish on every goddamn star that someone near a full hundred years later is going to do something more impressive than a fucking nuke. 

It's. Not. Going. To. Happen. Ever. Retards.

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D503 Benjamin123 Sun, 02/04/2018 - 00:02 Permalink

Why the fuck would I put a one shot, per hour, or even minute, over the top, localized, high penetration, unidirectional, horizon limited, emp sensitive cannon on precious little real estate on a easily sunk surface ship?

Do you have any idea how easy it is to prevent these ships from having line of sight on a shore or another ship? Do you not recall us having pictures of the oil exchange between China and nk? 

You don't know fuck anything about ballistics. This won't even sink a ship as it will rend a small hole in then out and the section will be sealed off, and lacks all the vertical strike bunker buster benefits that can be accomplished for orders of magnitude less capital. 

We have nuclear power plants on our ships, and this "tech" has been laughed out of the lab. We also have over thirty attack subs out of berth. Whatever that is, it's a hood ornament on a fucking coral reef. 

Go take a nap, or watch the price is right. You know, something more your speed.

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Gerrilea Consuelo Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:53 Permalink

Ummm...and what's the fastest missiles we have???

Railgun 4.53 miles a second. Distance from Hoover Dam to Pacific ocean...350 miles...so 77 seconds to stop it.

And didn't our most recent test fail???

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/22/breaking-news-us-test-to-shoot-dow…

Heck, they wouldn't have to go after the Hoover Dam, they could target any of our 100 nuclear power plants.

---just saying...

Railguns change the game.  And the Pentagon is probably lovin' it. More money for them.

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