China is believed to have acquired a key technology enabling the development of the electromagnetic weapon after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 when it bought out the British firm Dynex Semiconductor.
China’s apparently odd choice of an amphibious landing ship to mount such a weapon is probably because of its large cargo capacity. Photos of the ship berthed at a facility at Wuchang Shipyard in Hubei province seems to unveil three large shipping containers braced on its open deck.
These entertained the electrical generators needed to supply the railgun’s intense magnetic field. A new control room added was added to the ship as well as a set of new sensors, above the superstructure. The gun was described to be huge. Roughly the same size as a 32-megajoule railgun the US has been testing. The US-BAE rail gun is intended to fire a 10kg projectile at Mach 7 (8500km/h) over 150km.
Combining this with new integrated electric propulsion systems in warships enables the use of electromagnetic catapults to launch fighters from carriers without the need for powerful nuclear power plants. It also makes fitting electromagnetic rail guns viable.
Moreover, military technology expert Wang Ping at the Institute of Electrical Engineering under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing told Chinese outlet the new system meant electricity-hungry launch systems and weapons is currently available to be used by any powered vessel. A lot of fund in the bank was surely used.
USS Iowa firing her 16in main guns during 1984 fleet exercises. In World War 2, big guns fell out of favor because of the vastly superior flexibility and range of aircraft delivered bombs and torpedoes, along with the rise of guided missiles.
On the other hand, the US Navy announced it had found software late last month to fix the problem of the USS Ford. But it is not expected to be available for high-intensity combat until 2019, News.com.au revealed.