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Tango0101 Jan 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

"China has beat America in placing railguns on ships, but how far ahead it actually is, that's a good question.

According to a new report, China may have beaten the U.S. to mounting a railgun on a ship.

A naval vessel called the Haiyangshan, carrying what appears to be a railgun on the bow, allegedly left the confines of the Yangtze River and is being tested on the Pacific Ocean. First spotted in January of 2018, the railgun appears to be the first put on a warship by any country—the United States included. Whether or not China is actually ahead of the U.S. in the world of railgun tech is an open question…."
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Lion in the Stars01 Jan 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

Makes sense for a test platform.

Railguns (or coilguns, whichever tech is being used) aren't exactly new tech, really. There are Popular Mechanics cover stories from the 1910s talking about them as battleship guns.

jdginaz01 Jan 2019 4:37 p.m. PST

Got to love this kind of reporting;

"According to a new report…"

"…carrying what appears to be…"

"…allegedly left…"

"…appears to be the first put on a warship by any country…"

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 6:17 p.m. PST

Putting one on a vessel is one thing.

Getting it to work effectively in combat is quite another.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2019 6:50 a.m. PST

Wonder if they said the same thing about the torpedo in early 20 century?

Tango0102 Jan 2019 11:18 a.m. PST



28mm Fanatik02 Jan 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

Mounting a motor on an airframe is one thing.

Getting it to fly is quite another.

StarCruiser02 Jan 2019 5:05 p.m. PST

Not just working effectively but – also reliably…

They tend to burn themselves up rather quickly.

Lion in the Stars02 Jan 2019 6:06 p.m. PST

Yeah, USN seems to be determined to get the reliability issue nailed down before deploying.

Though there are some tests you can only do by deploying a weapon at sea, like saltwater tolerance.

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