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Posted by Rick E Davis on February 8, 2018, 11:14:21, in reply to "Re: obvious question - has this been independently verified?"
At this point, the weapon and platform shown here is just a "Powerpoint" chart with some numbers as to performance. If the vessel/platform exists, it is likely a prototype for testing. There are several disadvantages to this technology (requirement for a hefty power source being the biggest) and what the rate of fire could be (the "high" rate of firing would be tied to the capability of the power source). At close ranges (line-of-sight), a railgun would be deadly. But beyond range of sight at long ranges, other factors come into play just as they do for conventional guns. How easy is it to TRACK and TARGET any platform the Chinese could deploy with this weapon? Any platform with a railgun would by definition need to be LARGE. A "wonder weapon" in limited numbers that can be neutralized before it can be used, isn't a huge threat.
I suspect that the design was stolen from the US Contractor (and/or DoD) including design details that sped up their ability to build one, if it exists today. Back in the Clinton Presidency, the Commerce Department was actively "encouraging and approving" the selling of advance technology "stuff" by US Defense Contractors over the objection of DoD (fact) to generate sales. I hope that we had learned our lesson on that one.
The Chinese don't have much need to TRY and BUY our technology directly, when they can get it for free over the internet.
: I don't know, but under-estimate the
: capabilities of your enemy at your own
: It is within living memory that US troops
: disparaged the Imperial Japanese Army in the
: same way, only to be sorely disillusioned
: when the real fighting started.
: --Previous Message--
: or is it just propaganda - created to make
: Chinese appear 100 feet tall, when they're
: still only about 5' 6"
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