Navy Railgun Full Energy Firing Tests

Take a gander at what the futuristic Navy’s electromagnetic railgun will probably look like. This month the Navy starts full energy tests of the railgun prototype that will most likely be the main weapon used on Navy ships of the future.

The gun will fire a 40 pound projectile 100 to 200 nautical miles at a speed of up to 5,000 miles per hour. Which will be a vast improvement compared to the Navy’s most advanced gun in service today which has a range of 13 nautical miles.

China’s Floating Casino dons Advanced Radar and Defensive Weapons

China’s new Aircraft Carrier, the “Varyag”, was caught in this US Satellite photo while performing sea trials in the Yellow Sea.

According to U.S. Naval War College professor Andrew Erickson, the Aircraft Carrier carries advanced radar and defensive weapons:

“… it already possesses a Dragon Eye phased-array radar, a new point-defense missile system, and a new close-in weapon system. The Dragon Eye can reportedly track up to a hundred targets while engaging fifty simultaneously, detect targets out to sixty-five nautical miles (120 kilometers), and track targets out to 48.6 nautical miles (ninety kilometers).”

The Varyag, originally an unfinished Soviet Union warship was purchased by a Chinese company from the Ukraine, and is China’s first aircraft carrier.

And herein lies the problem, it is not supposed to be an aircraft carrier, but a floating casino!

To get permission to buy the ship from the Ukraine, China had to agree not to use it for their military:

“Not surprisingly, the Ukrainians demanded – and the Chinese acceded to – a clause in the contract stating that the ship wouldn’t be used for military purposes.”

China originally agreed that it would be converted to a civilian floating casino. But after they began refurbishing it, the story changed. It would only be used for training purposes they claimed. Now, it is equipped with their latest radar and weapon systems.

Most likely it will be used as a template for China’s future Aircraft Carriers. And you can rest assured that they will not be sporting roulette tables either.