Source: The post is based on the article “Chinese navy is testing the most powerful coil gun ever built” published in Business Standard on 26th August 2023
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The Chinese navy is reportedly testing the planet’s most powerful Coil Gun.
What is a Coil Gun?
Coil guns are also known as Gauss guns or magnetic accelerators.
The weapon features a series of coils arranged along the barrel of the gun, each one constituting a “stage”.
Each coil is energized one after another to create a magnetic field that can levitate and propel a projectile forward.
The projectile typically stays suspended in the centre of the coil during launch, which helps to keep it on a straight course and prevent it from touching the wall of the barrel.
It can be fired repeatedly and rapidly without causing wear on components.
The larger a coil gun, the better its ability to fire projectiles similar to those fired by traditional artillery.
Advantages of Coil Guns: The coil gun has a number of advantages over traditional artillery including higher launch speeds, lower launch costs and shorter preparation time.
Applications: Coil guns could have applications in areas such as weapon systems, near-earth satellites and high-speed missile launches.