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Return of the cannon ball.

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Far more advanced and powerful artillery than before, but yes, artillery could play a bigger role.

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SCMP notes that while the US Navy stopped its railgun development efforts in 2021, due to high energy requirements and poor barrel life, Chinese scientists and engineers have received consistent support, resulting in a series of breakthroughs.

As China becomes more technologically advanced, it's going to overtake the US in more and more fields.

Chinese policymakers anticipate that the rail gun project’s progress will also spur the development of cutting-edge civilian technologies such as hyper-speed railways and more cost-effective space launches.

Military research doesn't lead to as many spin-offs as pure civilian research, but like all research, it will lead to civilian benefits.

The Internet for example, started as a military project. I would not be surprised if the Chinese finds civilian applications for this technology.