China has developed electromagnetic launch technologies that allow the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to build a futuristic naval weapon - an electromagnetic railgun.
A railgun uses massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles at speeds that exceed Mach 6.
According to a news release from the PLA Naval University of Engineering in Wuhan, Hubei province, Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, the university's top researcher, has designed electromagnetic launch systems as part of "a key national defense program".
More than 100 Chinese experts in the field, including 40 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, were "ecstatic" at a briefing when they saw what Ma had achieved, state owned media, China Military reported today.
Railgun weapons are the subject of research even with the US Navy which is attempting to develop a working prototype for several years now.
As recent as July this year, The Office of Naval Research, US DoD, demonstrated the Navy's electromagnetic railgun initial rep-rate fires of multi-shot salvos at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
If the normally guarded Chinese MoD has let out the information into the public domain it is an indication that its project has reached a certain maturity.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) of the United States has demonstrated the electromagnetic railgun initial rep-rate fires of multi-shot salvos at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Wednesday. Developed by BAE Systems for the Navy, the electromagnetic railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles – and at speeds that exceed Mach 6
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has developed a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density than existing railgun pulsed power solutions. The HEPPC can reduce the number of pulsed power containers required to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles from a railgun weapon system, providing greater flexibility for future Navy and Army railgun applications, the company said in a statement Thursday
Raytheon has begun deliveries of its pulse power container modules to power its experimental particle railgun for a $10 million contract. The Naval Sea Systems Command had asked Raytheon to develop a pulsed power system, which will enable land or sea-based projectiles to reach great distances without the use of an explosive charge or rocket motor, the release added
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) has delivered to the U.S
The Navy has fired the first industry-built electromagnetic railgun (EM Railgun) prototype launcher at a test facility, commencing an evaluation that is an important intermediate step toward a future tactical weapon for ships, officials announced Feb. 28
China has produced an electric motor that would meet the heavy demand for electricity from China's latest electromagnetic weapon system, which may involve electromagnetic railgun and ballistic missile technologies. Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has recently delivered a batch of newly developed brushed DC electric motors to an unnamed unit
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