China has armed its Type 072-ii Yuting-class tank landing ship Haiyang Shan with an electromagnetic railgun. The warship is in service with the East Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
In January 2019, reports appeared that the Chinese military had successfully finished tests of “the world’s most powerful naval gun.” According to this very version, the weapon is set to be battlefield ready by 2025.
“Between 2015 and 2017, the weapon was calibrated to strike at extended ranges, increasing its lethality. By December 2017, the weapon was successfully mounted on a warship and began at-sea testing, a feat no other nation has accomplished. The Chinese are expected to complete at-sea testing by 2023,” CNBC claimed.
There have been no official reports on the capabilities of the weapon. However, it’s expected that the gun is capable of striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second.
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