November 13 British military Weekly Jane’s Defence Weekly published pictures of «unusually large» artillery systems that are on the local test center armor and artillery stationed in the desert to the north-west of the town of Baotou (Inner Mongolia province Suyyuan, China).
Satellite image shows two guns mounted on concrete surfaces (one length of 33.5 m, the second 24 m). First pictures appeared between September 2010 and December 2011, satellite imagery confirmed that in July 2013 the guns continued to be on this site. Perhaps these guns are used for testing high-speed extra high-range missiles.
China historically showed enthusiasm for the creation of long-range artillery. In the 1970s, experiments were conducted to establish supergun «Syanfen» missile project under 640. The program was canceled in 1980.
In the 1990s it became clear that China has made a test board, similar to the Iraqi supergun «Babylon» (Project Babylon, across the bottom photo), developed by engineer Gerald Bull (Gerald Bull). It is clear that this constructor in the 1980s, took an active role in the design of the Chinese long-distance artillery systems. Work was carried out artillery design bureau northern Chinese industrial company (China North Industries Corporation — Norinco).
Artillery guns Baotou to own design similar to «Babylon,» which theoretically could shoot at extremely large distances or destroy low-orbit satellites. Although these concepts on their own artillery systems like supergun Bulla, it seems unlikely that Beijing will use them for the creation of long-range artillery or conduct ASAT operations, because for this purpose makes ballistic missiles.
In addition, these devices may be the layout of the railgun, although it is also unlikely because it is not visible next to a large source of energy. Another possibility is that China uses these legacy devices for testing heavy-duty shells.