China’s hypersonic naval gun which is said to be capable of striking targets 124 miles away at more than seven times the speed of sound will be ready for warfare by 2025, insiders have revealed.
The ship-mounted super weapon has been one of Beijing’s most secretive military projects and is reported to be the world’s first electromagnetic railgun.
Chinese media said the terrifying gun, which can fire projectiles at reportedly 2.5km (1.55miles) per second, was successfully tested last year – after nearly 20 years of research and development.
It is said that the gun would be mounted onto Type 055, China’s most advanced domestically produced destroyer.
This puts China ahead of the United States in the field. Washington had dedicated millions of dollars and more than a decade to its own ‘game-changing’ railgun before the project was said to be scrapped last year.
Railguns have long been touted as one of the future technologies of warfare, with the ability to launch projectiles at Mach 6 – or, more than 4,500 miles per hour.
The Chinese railgun is believed to be capable of launching projectiles at nearly 5,600 miles per hour.
Because the missile is fired using kinetic energy, this eliminates the risks associated with keeping explosives on a ship.
It has been described by the US Navy as a ‘true warfighter game changer.’
Sources with direct knowledge of a US intelligence report told CNBC that China had run another test of its railgun earlier this month.
The sources also revealed that the weapon could enter China’s arsenal by 2025.
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