In China, an amphibious ship with a railgun on board
On the Internet there is an active discussion of the video fragment with the participation of the old landing ship on the basis of the Chinese Navy in Wuhan on the Yangtze River, on which, judging by the signs, there may be a ready-to-test electromagnetic gun – railgun. Recall that we are talking about a new type of weapon, where the striking element is fired by a powerful electromagnetic field.
Just in the social networks, footage appeared with the amphibious ship of the class Yutting I – “Heiyangshan” with an object on board, very reminiscent of a huge gun turret. The vessel was previously used for transportation of amphibious assault equipment and military cargoes.
The ships of the great caliber have long been the property of the past. Currently, the armed forces of the Chinese Navy have 130-mm guns and large-caliber machine guns. The gun installed at Heiyangshan is clearly superior in size to these types of weapons, which has generated a lot of versions among YouTube users, one of which sounds like this: the Chinese military are preparing for the railgun tests.
As you know, last year the tests (7 years old) of BAE Systems rail gun, intended for the US Navy , were stopped . Unfortunately, despite the huge financial and material costs, its creators failed to achieve their goals – to shoot a 23-kilogram projectile at a speed of 7242 km / h for a distance of 160 km. Each such shot required 25 megawatts of energy, which is enough to cover 19,000 homes.
The availability of the Chinese railgun ready for testing is still from the field of assumptions, which, most likely, is explained by the secrecy of the preparatory work. Moreover, no one knows if Chinese engineers were able to surpass their American counterparts.