: From the UK Times paper -
: China has become the first country to deploy
: an electromagnetic “supergun” on a warship
: which is capable of firing a projectile at
: up to seven times the speed of sound.
: Images of the long barrel of a railgun on a
: Chinese amphibious warship suggest that the
: country has leapt ahead of the United States
: in developing this new form of weapons
: Both the US and China have been researching
: railguns, which use electromagnetic force
: rather than an explosive charge to push
: projectiles down the barrel to ranges of
: more than 100 miles. As well as firing
: faster and farther than conventional naval
: guns the rounds are much cheaper than other
: forms of anti-ship weapons system.
: In the US prototype railguns have managed to
: fire a projectile travelling at 5,000mph.
: The rounds cost about £18,000, compared with
: a £860,000 unit price for a Harpoon guided
: missile, which has a range of only 77 miles.
: The railgun will provide China, which has
: been expanding its military power in the
: South China Sea, with a powerful tool to
: deter opponents from the region.
: People’s Daily, the newspaper of the
: Communist Party, suggested that trials of
: the weapon had been planned.
: It reported that the barrel had been fitted
: to Haiyangshan, a Type 072 II landing ship.
: The US navy first demonstrated the
: technology in 2006 and there were plans for
: trials of the system on one of its ships,
: but they have yet to take place.
: “What makes railguns so deadly is the sheer
: velocity of their projectiles, even at
: extreme ranges beyond the horizon,” Justin
: Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United
: Services Institute in London, said.
: The projectile would arrive at its target in
: less than five seconds, he added.
: A similar launch system has been installed
: on the USS Gerald R Ford carrier, but not as
: a weapon. Electromagnetic force is used to
: launch its fighter aircraft, instead of a
: steam-powered catapult.
: There were problems with this new system,
: and some of the crew on board the carrier
: complained to President Trump when he paid a
: Mr Trump said last year that he thought the
: navy should revert to steam, but a
: successful aircraft launch was achieved in
: August last year using electromagnetic
: How are we going to stop that hitting our
: aircraft carriers?
: We won't - they'll get the 1st shot in,
: after that, all bets are off.
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