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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Jan 2019 11:27 p.m. PST

A Chinese warship that appears to be carrying a next-generation hypersonic rail gun has been spotted on social media, implying that China has become the first country in the world to develop the weapon…


bsrlee04 Jan 2019 4:35 a.m. PST

No actual photo on Fox as linked, but other sources with an actual photo show a large box with a pipe-like object sticking out on the forecastle of an auxiliary ship – not a warship. Several navies could claim to deploy a 'rail gun' without demonstrating it actually in use.

Sundance04 Jan 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

Er…to develop one or deploy one? The US Navy released footage of testing the railgun they developed a couple of years ago.

bsrlee in the middle of the linked article is a snapshot of a FB post showing two photos of a ship, purportedly with a railgun.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 9:31 a.m. PST

Bsrlee, the photos are right there. Did you read the article?

28mm Fanatik04 Jan 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

According to online sources the testbed is a Type 72 LST.

Lion in the Stars04 Jan 2019 12:20 p.m. PST

Yeah, an LST will have the space for support equipment. We will see if the Chinese show any pics of it firing at sea.

john snelling05 Jan 2019 8:16 a.m. PST

For now there is no proof that the Chinese have tested the gun on land or at sea. Did they extensively modify the ship for the required electrical power required?

Lion in the Stars05 Jan 2019 3:55 p.m. PST

John, the pics do show a large number of cargo containers on the deck of the LST, so I expect several are for power generation (and others are for the capacitors to feed the railgun).

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