Starry Sky-2, a hypersonic flight vehicle, was tested in Northwest China on Friday. (China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)
As trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate, Chinese officials announced Friday the country tested its first hypersonic flight vehicle capable of carrying nuclear weapons — and allegedly able to penetrate any missile defense system, Fox News reports.
Xingkong-2, or Starry Sky-2, was launched in a target range located in Northwest China on Friday, the academy said in a statement released on its WeChat account on Friday.
Launched in a rocket, the waverider was released in the air after about 10 minutes.
It flew independently, made large-angle turning maneuvers, and landed in the targeted area as planned.
The aircraft was carried into space by a multistage rocket before separating and relying on its own power. During independent flight it conducted extreme turning maneuvers, maintained velocities above Mach 5.5 (five-and-a-half times the speed of sound) for more than 400 seconds, and achieved a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h (4,563mph), the statement said.
The waverider can travel so fast, it challenges current anti-missile systems. ( China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)
Waverider is a flight vehicle that flies in the atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with the air to glide at high speed, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday, South China Post reports.
Chinese officials said the design of the Starry Sky 2 took three years to develop, according to China Daily.
Besides military use, an unnamed official told the Global Times the technology may be adapted to a civilian role, including in industrial transport.
China is a far greater threat than most countries and the United States must start recognizing what China’s end-game is, which is to put a boot on our throats and force the United States to be submissive. They know they cannot achieve this alone, hence their alliances with North Korea and Russia, which just happen to be working with Iran against the United States Nuclear peace treaty.
Now this is not stating doom and gloom are on the horizon, but it is vital people wash the lies and propaganda from their eyes and see what is happening around the world with the United States.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.