PLA trialing electromagnetic rockets on ‘roof of world’

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A prototype of an electromagnetic catapult and its payload. Photo: Handout

 

The catapults could fend off invading forces from hundreds of kilometers away without the need to marshal troops to traverse the rugged Tibetan Plateau

Chinese state media have revealed technological breakthroughs that could transform the concept of electromagnetic rockets from the realm of science fiction into reality and put them to work defending the nation’s meandering border in Tibet.

An array of cutting-edge rockets designed to be catapulted from fixed or portable launch pads by electromagnetic force are likely to undergo trials in the high-altitude wilderness of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

The People’s Daily reported that Han Junli, a research fellow at a Beijing-based research center under the People’s Liberation Army, had been leading the development of the novel electromagnetic rocket artillery.

He is collaborating with Ma Weiming, a physician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering who is hailed as “the father of Chinese electromagnetic catapults.” According to rumors, these could be mounted on future Chinese aircraft carriers to launch fighters and heavier fixed-wing planes.

Powerful rocket artillery, if deployed, could deter and fend off invading forces from hundreds of kilometers away without the need to marshal troops to traverse the rugged plateaus and mountains in Tibet known as the “roof of the world” for a face-to-face showdown.

Full article: PLA trialing electromagnetic rockets on ‘roof of world’ (Asia Times)

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