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China’s new supergun can make the West’s defences obsolete

China has unveiled the world-first deployment

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BEIJING, China - A weapon that China has recently unveiled is reportedly capable of making the West’s defenses obsolete. 

According to reports, China has unveiled the world-first deployment of experimental electromagnetic rail ‘supergun’ aboard a warship.

The country released photos of its new “supergun,” which experts believe is a huge stride taken by the country, ahead of the U.S., with the first experimental deployment of the new supergun aboard a warship.

The images released show a Chinese amphibious assault ship that is usually used to deploy troops and tanks on a beach. But in the photo, it is seen to be fitted with an enormous cannon on its bows.

After the photo was released, China’s official mouthpiece The People’s Daily Online published a report on the speculation of the unusually large single-barreled weapon was an electromagnetic rail gun. 

Experts pointed out that if this is indeed true - it would be a significant development, considering that traditional guns use an explosive charge to generate a high-pressure cloud of gas.

This forces a projectile out the open end of a barrel at high velocities.

The propellant generates heat and pressure, which restricts the practical size, speed and durability of such a weapon. 

It also requires large, deadly stores of explosives be carried aboard a ship.

However, an electromagnetic rail gun reportedly does away with many of these negatives.

According to reports, instead of explosives, it uses powerful magnets to sling warheads down its barrel and into the air. 

Further, experts made calculations and found out that this will enable larger warheads to be fired much faster and much further than traditional cannons.

According to defense experts, once it is fully operational, such guns could sink ships, attack land targets and even destroy aircraft and missiles in flight, at ranges and accuracy normally expected from missiles.

Chen Shuoren, a military commentator told the Science and Technology Daily component of the People’s Daily explained, “Though the U.S. has been openly developing electromagnetic guns for years, it doesn’t mean that China is far behind in this field, as the latter [usually] keeps quiet about its progress due to secrecy concerns.”

Shuoren explained, “If the pictures are confirmed to be true, this would be a milestone for China’s electromagnetic weapons research program, with epoch-making significance.”

The new development comes as a milestone for China, which is becoming more confident in the field of military technology, especially since the U.S. has had troubles with its own electromagnetic propulsion systems.

Further, China’s surge also comes ahead of the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s propagation of the forces at his command to foreign and domestic audiences in July last year.

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