China has successfully tested a new hypersonic aircraft, a potential "hypersonic strike weapon" that could one day be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and evading all existing defense networks like the US missile shields, according to Chinese state-run and state-affiliated media, citing experts and the domestic designers.
The Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2) hypersonic experimental waverider vehicle designed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics in Beijing can reportedly achieve a top speed six times the velocity of sound.
During the recent test, conducted last Friday at an unspecified location in northwestern China, the aircraft was first carried by a multistage solid-fueled rocket before it separated to rely on independent propulsion — it is said to have maintained speeds above Mach 5.5 for 400 seconds. The max speed was reportedly Mach 6 or 4,600 miles per hour, according to the state-run China Daily.
The wedge-shaped vehicle made several high-altitude and large-angle maneuvers at a maximum altitude of a little over 18 miles. The aircraft then landed in the targeted area as intended, with observers touting the test as a "huge success."
A waverider is a type of hypersonic aircraft that rides the shock waves generated during hypersonic flight. The supersonic lift-to-drag ratio is improved through a process known as compression lift. The speed, as well as the unpredictable flight trajectories, of these vehicles make them particularly difficult for existing defense systems to intercept.
"Announcing the successful test to the public indicates that China must have already made a technological breakthrough with the weapon," Chinese military expert and commentator Song Zhongping told China's highly-nationalist Global Times, adding, "The test showed that China is advancing shoulder to shoulder with the US and Russia."
Like China, both the US and Russia have experimented with various hypersonic vehicle systems. Russia, for instance, is expected to deploy its Avangard hypersonic boost-glide vehicle on the country's Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile within the next year or so.
China's progress in this area is particularly alarming for the US, as evidence suggests that the development of these systems is a state-level priority.
"If you look at some of our peer competitors, China being one, the number of facilities that they've built to do hypersonics… surpasses the number we have in this country. It's quickly surpassing it by 2 or 3 times. It is very clear that China has made this one of their national priorities," DARPA director Steven Walker told Defense One in March, "We need to do the same."
US projects include the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 and a hypersonic missile that could be launched from a US warplane.
China's new hypersonic aircraft is expected to be put through additional testing at an accelerated pace going forward. This first test "has laid a solid technological foundation for engineering applications of the waverider design," the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics said in a statement, according to the South China Morning Post.
China has been testing hypersonic glide vehicles since 2014, but this is the first hypersonic aircraft to use waverider technology. Expert observers suspect that the design is still three to five years away from being weaponized.
A test doesn't mean it works properly. We have hypersonic missiles already. In 2008, the US launches a single SM-3 missile from the Pacific. The target was a wayward satellite 133 miles up and moving at over 17,000mph. We hit it.
In the 70's, the Sprint missile reached over 7,000mph in 3-4 seconds.
More technology they took from us
They don't need to do that to get by the US missile defense system since the defense system is deployed in limited numbers..
This coming from a country that's still needs to buy jet engines from Russia.
Well done, China, very well done indeed. Keep up with the good work and "Make China Strong, Prosperous and Great Again"
Strange how some people think only the US can invent things? Next thing they'll start claiming it was the US that invented gunpowder!
and meanwhile, we still trying to figure out how to use more coal....
If you believe this then you believe anyone can walk on water another lie of the communist government
Ooops China, a Trident II can carry about 10 MIRVs per missile and we have thousands of warheads on our subs alone. Neither Russia nor China can stop them.
China winning again.
Good job China!
if china has it, we have it, no big deal NEXT ..................................
The US can slip 6000+ warheads onto china.
we have faster more accurate ones.
No matter how fast the missile travels , it never going to be faster than the speed of light .... speaking of light the united state has been working on lasers for some time now . When China makes a missile faster than light , then I My have a worry or two. Until then any missile that has printed on its side , MADE IN CHINA Will give us all a good laugh !
bad news to democracy
Thanks presidents Nixon, and special thanks to Henry Kissinger.
70s 80s tech big deal
Lothar....of the Hill People
Article Police: Article title used "COULD".
if they "slip a nuke" in on us, the world ends...their death and destruction is assured
On the video only.
Pride comes before the fall.
In one news report, Mike Griffin, a former Nasa administrator and now the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said earlier this year that China had built “a pretty mature system” for a hypersonic missile to strike from thousands of miles away.
And retired navy admiral Harry Harris, now US Ambassador to South Korea, told Congress in February that “China’s hypersonic weapons development outpaces ours.” He also warned that America was falling behind.
Well folks, it depends who you want to believe, right? If you still think China's technology & weapons are BS, so be it. Just sit back & relax. There is no need (then) to worry about them, right? In that case there is also no need for you to keep talking about them, right?
Jone Doe JR
The missile still uses toxic paint
Wow, lots of Chinese trolls in the comments so far
Besides their "word", what other trustable, non-China sources will back their "claim"? I can "tell" people I can turn water into wine all day long...doesn't mean that I can or that I could do it in a complete and repeatable fashion.
More Chinese propaganda, if they had a weapon capable of that they wouldn't be advertising it.
Good for China and the rest of the free world. Bad for western imperialists.
Most modern arms race has just started ... in the end there will be no one particular nation that is the superpower, but blocks of military alliances, aligning themselves for the very first nuclear warfare.
Most of you automatically think it's for attacking the continental US. I think it would be used to wipe out a carrier battle group .It could be very effective on that mission.,
them that show don't know, them that know don't show...
im so happy china has finally possessed the technology back in the 70's