China testing powerful hypersonic naval railgun

The railgun uses electromagnetic energy to fire rounds and is capable of hitting targets 200 kilometers away traveling at 2.5 kilometers per second.

    2019/02/06

NSFW    BEIJING — China has been testing a new hypersonic railgun.

CNBC reports that China's newest railgun uses electromagnetic energy to fire rounds and is capable of hitting targets 200 kilometers away traveling at 2.5 kilometers per second. That's seven times the speed of sound.

According to CNBC, a missile traveling at that speed would take just 90 seconds to travel from Washington to Philadelphia.

Xinhua News reported that China may be mounting the railgun on a Type 055 destroyer.

The Type 055 is Asia's largest destroyer to date, measuring 180 meters long and 20 meters wide. It's equipped with anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. It's equipped to power kinetic energy weapons.

CNBC reports that information from a U.S. intelligence report reveals that China is expected to introduce its new weapon to its arsenal in 2025.
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