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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:54 pm 
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It looks like China is about to test a futuristic railgun as the US Navy puts the brakes on its $500 million program
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Photos have been circulating on social media that show a Chinese ship with what could be a prototype railgun on its bow.

The photos, taken at the Wuchang Shipyard in China's Hubei Province, show a Type 072III-class landing ship identified as the Haiyang Shan with a much larger gun on its mount than its usual twin 37mm cannon.

The size and shape of the weapon are roughly the same as the US Navy's own prototype rail gun, and the shipping containers on the deck could be used as control rooms or to house the power supply. Moreover, the location of the photographs may hint as to the gun's true nature - the Wuchang Shipyard has been the sight of previous tests for the Chinese Navy.

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Is China's PLAN About to Test a Railgun at Sea ?

Navy Recognition - 31 January 2018

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Ship spotters from China released several pictures of what appears to be an electromagnetic (EM) railgun. The pictures released on January 31st show the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan (hull number 936) fitted with the suspected railgun at its bow and several ISO containers amidship.

At least three containers seem to be placed on the landing ship, likely for power supply and control. The shape of the turret itself is in line with what a railgun turret could look like. The shape of the barrel itself shares some similarities with BAE Systems' railgun (in its turreted variant) with a large diameter on one half and a smaller diameter on the second half.


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Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan fitted with what appears to be a railgun and several containers
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Chinese ship spotter picture showing the PLAN Type 072 III landing ship fitted with a large turret which could be a railgun
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Chinese ship spotter guestimation on the nature of the various elements fitted aboard Type 072 III landing ship Haiyangshan (translation by Navy Recogintion).

All photos taken from navyrecognition.com

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