China applying naval electromagnetic catapult launch for land based missiles

China is developing the world’s first electromagnetic launched surface-to-surface rocket that offers greater fire range.

Conventional rockets rely on chemical explosives or fuel but the new rockets will be launched using additional electromagnetic force, similar to the catapult launchers that China and the United States are developing for their next-generation aircraft carriers. The same technology is also used to develop rail guns.

Missiles usually have a greater fire range and better manoeuvrability, rocket artilleries are cheaper and could be fired in cluster salvoes to overwhelm a target.

The report suggested that the new electromagnetic rockets could be deployed in Tibet. With possibly hundreds of kilometres of range, from there they would be able to strike the heartland of India.

China has widely deployed 300mm PHL-03 rockets, modified from the Soviet BM-30. Those have a flight range of around 150km (about 93 miles).

Although the actual range of the electromagnetic rocket being developed is unknown, it is believed to be much longer than any of the existing types.

33 thoughts on “China applying naval electromagnetic catapult launch for land based missiles”

  1. There’s actually more of a chance getting into a squabble with India, because of a contested border area, than either the US or Japan. I’ve fought before over that area and they’ll likely fight again.

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  2. I’m thinking that this type of barge launcher is better suited to a closer non-mobile target because at 650 KM there is a lot of drift of the individual rockets. Of course if you are going to launch thousands of them at something like a carrier group you might hit a ship or two assuming the anti missile defenses don’t work.

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  3. There’s actually more of a chance getting into a squabble with India because of a contested border area than either the US or Japan. I’ve fought before over that area and they’ll likely fight again.

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  4. I’m thinking that this type of barge launcher is better suited to a closer non-mobile target because at 650 KM there is a lot of drift of the individual rockets. Of course if you are going to launch thousands of them at something like a carrier group you might hit a ship or two assuming the anti missile defenses don’t work.

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  5. China has most powerful supercomputer, wind tunnel, and other electromagnetic chambers in the world, people leaked they are working on projectile that will strike within 5 meters at a range of 650 kilometers.

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  6. Assume this is to cold launch the missiles, no fire to protect the launcher from and no risk of starting bush fires. Downside is that the current launcher is just an tube, the new is way more complex and you need to charge the batteries to launch an new batch.

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  7. China has most powerful supercomputer wind tunnel and other electromagnetic chambers in the world people leaked they are working on projectile that will strike within 5 meters at a range of 650 kilometers.

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  8. Assume this is to cold launch the missiles no fire to protect the launcher from and no risk of starting bush fires. Downside is that the current launcher is just an tube the new is way more complex and you need to charge the batteries to launch an new batch.

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  9. Looks like Joe Wong is working with the Chinese propaganda squad…lol…They are exaggerated and bunch of liars. Because China still needs to steal more information and know how from US so they resort to propaganda as of now to intimidate.

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  10. Looks like Joe Wong is working with the Chinese propaganda squad…lol…They are exaggerated and bunch of liars. Because China still needs to steal more information and know how from US so they resort to propaganda as of now to intimidate.

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  11. Looks like Joe Wong is working with the Chinese propaganda squad…lol…They are exaggerated and bunch of liars. Because China still needs to steal more information and know how from US so they resort to propaganda as of now to intimidate.

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  12. The only bit of the defense system where overloading is actually an issue is the counter measure part. What this means is if you have a whole bunch of incoming missiles the system will ignore the ones off target and concentrate on the ones clearly on target. The counter measures are going to attack only the missiles that have a chance of hitting a ship. If you have too many incoming missiles actually aimed at something then this is when you can overwhelm system. A barrage won’t achieve this unless it’s huge.

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  13. The only bit of the defense system where overloading is actually an issue is the counter measure part. What this means is if you have a whole bunch of incoming missiles the system will ignore the ones off target and concentrate on the ones clearly on target. The counter measures are going to attack only the missiles that have a chance of hitting a ship. If you have too many incoming missiles actually aimed at something then this is when you can overwhelm system. A barrage won’t achieve this unless it’s huge.

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  14. The only bit of the defense system where overloading is actually an issue is the counter measure part. What this means is if you have a whole bunch of incoming missiles the system will ignore the ones off target and concentrate on the ones clearly on target. The counter measures are going to attack only the missiles that have a chance of hitting a ship. If you have too many incoming missiles actually aimed at something then this is when you can overwhelm system. A barrage won’t achieve this unless it’s huge.

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  15. Sure, but this a whole different type of rocket meant to attack an broad area with a high concentration of multiple targets not an individual moving target. Try reading up a bit on these because what you are staying isn’t true. By the way, this just a knock-off of the Russian BM-30 launcher and not something new.

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  16. Sure but this a whole different type of rocket meant to attack an broad area with a high concentration of multiple targets not an individual moving target. Try reading up a bit on these because what you are staying isn’t true. By the way this just a knock-off of the Russian BM-30 launcher and not something new.

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  17. Sure, but this a whole different type of rocket meant to attack an broad area with a high concentration of multiple targets not an individual moving target. Try reading up a bit on these because what you are staying isn’t true. By the way, this just a knock-off of the Russian BM-30 launcher and not something new.

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  18. China has most powerful supercomputer, wind tunnel, and other electromagnetic chambers in the world, people leaked they are working on projectile that will strike within 5 meters at a range of 650 kilometers.

    Reply
  19. Assume this is to cold launch the missiles, no fire to protect the launcher from and no risk of starting bush fires. Downside is that the current launcher is just an tube, the new is way more complex and you need to charge the batteries to launch an new batch.

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  20. There’s actually more of a chance getting into a squabble with India, because of a contested border area, than either the US or Japan. I’ve fought before over that area and they’ll likely fight again.

    Reply
  21. I’m thinking that this type of barge launcher is better suited to a closer non-mobile target because at 650 KM there is a lot of drift of the individual rockets. Of course if you are going to launch thousands of them at something like a carrier group you might hit a ship or two assuming the anti missile defenses don’t work.

    Reply

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