Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

MAGNETIC DRIVE 

Engineers around the world have long been working to create reliable magnetic ship drives.

Such propulsion systems could vastly reduce the noise emitted by vessels.

The magnetic drive uses a superconducting magnet to force water through the submarine’s shaft, according to Motherboard.

It’s then funneled out the back.

With few moving parts, the magnetic drive is much quieter than conventional systems.

‘Submarine and anti-submarine technology and capabilities have long been considered a weak link in Chinese naval power,’ Eric Wertheim, author of Combat Fleets of the World, told Motherboard.

‘It appears that they are making concerted efforts to address this shortfall.’

Engineers around the world have long been working to create reliable magnetic ship drives.

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