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​China confirms new hypersonic glide vehicle test-flight

Published time: January 15, 2014 21:45
Edited time: January 18, 2014 17:42
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), (AFP Photo / Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA)

Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), (AFP Photo / Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA)

China confirmed conducting a test flight of a new hypersonic missile delivery vehicle capable of delivering nuclear warheads with record breaking speeds. The move is purely scientific and not targeted at any country, said the Defense Ministry.

"Our planned scientific research tests conducted in our territory are normal," said the Beijing Defense Ministry as cited by Reuters on Wednesday. "These tests are not targeted at any country and at any specific goals."

The ministry’s statement confirmed a report by the Washington Free Beacon on Monday. The newspaper cited US Pentagon officials saying that a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was detected flying at ten times the speed of sound over China on January 9.

The officials added that the ultra-high speed missile vehicle is aimed at "delivering warheads through US missile defenses."

The HGV dubbed the WU-14 was reportedly designed to be launched as the final stage of China’s intercontinental ballistic missile. Its hypersonic speed range reportedly lies between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,840 to 7,680 miles per hour.

US Congress voiced concerns on Tuesday fearing the country is falling behind in the international hypersonic arms race.

“While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.

The newspaper also said the test made China the second country after the US to have successfully tested a hypersonic delivery vehicle able to carry nuclear warheads at a speed above Mach 10.

Hypersonic vehicles, designed by the US, Russia and India, are developed for precise targeting and rapid delivery of weapons. They are intended to counter hostile missile and space defenses.

Annual increases in China’s military spending have allowed Beijing to boost the quality and performance of domestic weapons and military hardware. According to Chinese technical reports from December 2012 and April 2013 the country is developing precision guidance systems designed to be directed via satellite.

Russia too has confirmed the development of “a new class of hypersonic vehicle” that would “allow Russian strategic missiles to penetrate missile defense systems,” according to the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

Comments (35)

 

brian david 19.02.2014 18:35

China will continue to outpace the US. China after all has been an ancient superpower,long before the US existed.

 

Belial666 17.01.2014 03:25

My previous comment is addressed to Mr Micawber .

 

Belial666 16.01.2014 23:22

[quote name='Tom Wightwick' time='16.01.2014 17:29']
Somethin g like 75-80% of all American foods contain it as a replacement for sugar "

Many Americans like myself understand the physical and economic implications of GMO's and high fructose corn syrup. I personally believe that Monsanto should be put down like a rabid dog. Unfortunately Monsanto's GMO's are only a miniscule part of the problem, yet you seem to be effected by OCD and can't stop obsessing over it. We should be having a technical discussion about hypersonic glide vehicles, or does your level of education prohibit such a complex subject?

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