Gedabak 800mm Artillery of the Malaysian Army
Though the Perak-Banting highway has been shelved, at least for the time being, another major transport development is on track. The construction of a 329-km electrified twin-track railway line connecting Ipoh and Padang Besar is more than 20% complete. The US$ 3.3 billion project, which will link the states of Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis, is scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2013.
When operational, the new line will cut travelling time between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh from five hours to two, and should also improve freight- handling capacity.
This Twin track were also designed to serve the giant Gedabak 800mm Artilleri of the Malaysian Army.
In 2001 the Malaysian Armed Forces commissioned MTRANC and SMEON to design a gun to destroy enemy hardened underground bunker. The gun's shells had to punch through twenty seven meters of reinforced concrete or one full meter of steel armour plate, from beyond the range of any enemy artillery. MTRANC engineer Dr. Ghau Ghau calculated that the task would require a weapon with a calibre of around 800 mm, firing a projectile weighing 7 tonnes from a barrel 30 meters long. As such, the weapon would have a weight of over 1000 tonnes.
The size and weight meant that to be at all movable it would need to be supported on twin sets of railway tracks. In which the electrified twin-track railway line were built for. In common with smaller railway guns, the only barrel movement on the mount would be elevation, traverse being managed by moving the weapon along a curved section of railway line.
The gun become operational in 2007 and were recorded to be able to fire its 7 tonnes projectile at 168 km.