US intelligence report: China will have the world’s most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025



China is currently testing the world’s most powerful naval gun and people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report say it will be ready for war by 2025.


Railguns use electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder to propel rounds, and China’s is capable of striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second, according to the report. For perspective, a shot fired from Washington, D.C., could reach Philadelphia in under 90 seconds.


Railguns have long appeared on Russian, Iranian and U.S. military wish lists as cost-effective weapons that give navies the might of a cannon with the range of a precision-guided missile.


The rounds used in China’s railgun cost between $25,000 and $50,000 each, according to the intelligence assessment. Though not an exact comparison since the weapons have different technologies, the U.S. Navy’s Tomahawk cruise missile has an estimated price tag of $1.4 million each.


China’s railgun was first seen in 2011 and underwent testing in 2014, according to people who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. 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 U.S. Navy’s railgun, years away from being operational, remains a classified system still in development under the Office of Naval Research.



Jeffrey 11 hr ago
"We’re years away .." from implementing railgun tech – why is that?


Noah 11 hr ago
is this an advertisement for increased military spending ?


Chau 10 hr ago
If the US Navy’s railgun is still classified, how does the author know that it’s years away from being operational?


Asian dude 12 hr ago
of course, and I am shivering….I am starting to excavate my backyard for the underground bunker


Dwayne P 11 hr ago
"The U.S. Navy’s railgun, years away from being operational, remains a classified system still in development under the Office of Naval Research." LOL Classified…. It’s on YouTube…. [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UKk84wjBw0&t=234s[/url]


pgman46 11 hr ago
Now the US rounds will cost $250,000 each Oh how we like to spend tax payers money. Why not buy from China it save us a lot of money.


art 11 hr ago
and how will they build it if the us does not buy Chinese goods?


~0~ 11 hr ago
No match for our Space Force


HappyRetirement 11 hr ago
With so little budget, I guess it is walmart quality.


omnis r 12 hr ago
Too bad that, unlike the US, China doesn’t have a ship that can generate enough power to fire a Railgun.


WRC 1 hr ago
be aware, American spys are on the move,


Cut The Spending 11 hr ago
…for once we have the opportunity…to steal technology…from china…


Will 12 hr ago
A lot of my naive and simple American friends may not know this, China’s railgun is already a reality on a ship. Just google it for a picture.


Silent Warrior 11 hr ago
Nice to have, but impractical for long range against ships. Any target capable of motion can simply move out of the way.


Bob 11 hr ago
After a few test fires it will not work properly, like everything else, "Made in China".


Eduardo 7 hr ago
We should go to war with China now before they continue to build a super power on the back of the U.S. by stealing all the technology they have for decades now. We should stop them on their tracks now, we should have done it back in 1951, but there is still time but the window is closing fast.

我们现在就应该和中国开战,阻止他们继续窃取技术成为 一个超级强国。我们早在1951年的时候就该这么做了,不过还不晚,但是要抓紧了。

Tim 6 hr ago
For years we were brainwashed that they were poor and un-educated. I look at history and I am amazed they are true inventors. The space shuttle and rockets were invented by a chinese scientist name Chen who also is the founder of the Chinese space program.


SeaCay 11 hr ago
So how many Chinese have to pedal to generate that kind of power?


WatchDog 10 hr ago
The US will have a steady decline as a world power as it turns to socialism and away from capitalism and freedom. By the year 2050, the US will no longer be a major power. Neither will Europe.


RelaxMoreTravel 12 hr ago
striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second = 77 seconds from firing to target – – – simple! Execute a turn every 60 seconds!! Miss (rather than "You sunk my Battleship!)



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