Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

China tests its hypersonic wave-rider aircraft

China tests its hypersonic wave-rider aircraft

Chinese engineers say they have tested an aircraft based on sonic wave-riding technology and able to carry multiple nuclear warheads, which can elude all anti-missile defense systems now in use world-wide.

China has successfully tested a cutting-edge hypersonic aircraft that rides its own shock waves.

The test of the Xingkong-2, or Starry Sky-2, was conducted in a target range located in northwest China on Friday, China's state media reported.

During its maiden fight, the wedge-shaped Xingkong ascended to an altitude of 30 kilometers at Mach 5.5-6, or 7,344 km/h, for more than 400 seconds in active phase, turning and making high-altitude maneuvers, according to the academy.

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Launched in a rocket, China's waverider was released in the air after about 10mins. Numerous reports in the Chinese media have said that Beijing desires to be at par with the United States and Russian Federation when it comes to military might and prowess.

"Announcing the successful test to the public indicates that China must have already made a technological breakthrough with the weapon", Song said.

China, Russia and the USA are in an arms race to develop super-fast manoeuvrable warheads capable of defeating defences. The aim is to make trajectories unpredictable so that it is much more hard for anti-missile defences to find, track and intercept them.

China whose defence budget this year amounted to United States dollars 175 billion is investing heavily in defence research and development to catch-up with US, Russia and European Union.

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