Saturday, June 20, 2015
China Builds the World's Fastest 125 mm Tank Gun, Shells Go at Mach 6, Then Tries to Hide It.
China Builds the World's Fastest 125 mm Tank Gun, Shells Go at Mach 6, Then Tries to Hide It. (Popsci).
The new 125mm cannon tech demonstrator received a public and high profile send off, complete with a large complement of PLA personnel, speeches from top CNU officials and interested onlookers.
The shell cartridge on the left side of the table is over 1 meter in length.
While new tanks like the Russian Armata and Turkish Altay are taking the spotlight in the world of armored vehicles, China has a new tank gun that might just beat them all.
The 127th Ordinance Institute, of the Central Northern University, handed over a new 125mm cannon to PLA officers at a June 10, 2015 ceremony.
The Institute claims that the new multipurpose cannon will have the highest range, velocity and penetration power of any 120mm/125mm cannon in the world.
Where the story gets more interesting is that by June 14, all references to the new 125mm cannon had been scrubbed from the University's website, which suggests an official desire for secrecy during tests. Read and see the full story here.