China “launches an imitation missile that spins around the world before hitting a target”
“We don’t know how they did this,” said the intelligence man.
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China tested a nuclear-powered missile that flew over the world before rushing to target its target, surprisingly US intelligence services, it was reported.
The technology demonstrates high-capacity capabilities indicating that China’s development in human weapons has been more advanced than American officials thought, according to the Financial Times.
The missile, which was carrying a car with an imitation glide that flew over space in a small orbit before landing, missed its 24-mile target, according to three people familiar with the test.
“We don’t know how they did this,” one of the spies told the newspaper.
China joins the United States, Russia and China in the manufacture of imitation weapons, as well as sliding vehicles – missiles are fired into the air on rockets but orbits the earth beneath them.
These missiles fly five times the speed of sound. Although slower than a ballistic missile, they can be moved and do not follow the prescribed pattern, making them more difficult to follow.
Taylor Fravel, China’s nuclear policy expert, told FT that the new technology could “nullify” the protection of American missiles, designed to destroy approaching ballistic missiles.
He said, “Hypersonic sliding vehicles … fly on low trajectories and can fly, making it difficult to track and destroy.
Spokesman Liu Pengyu said China had been following a “defensive nature” military policy and was not intended to target any country.
“We do not have an international strategy and plans for military operations such as the United States. And we are not at all interested in arms races with other countries,” he said.
What is a hypersonic missile?
To put it simply, a self-propelled missile is a missile that travels at a speed of five or more Mach, that is, at least five times the speed of sound. But the difference is not only the difference in speed, but also in trajectory. While traditional continental bicycle missiles use gravity in some way to hit their target, hypersonic missiles use high-speed aircraft engines or even detach re-entry vehicles to achieve a goal.
The advantage of this is not only the speed at which the missile approaches its target, but also that the imitation missiles can be moved and do not need to follow predictable paths when the missile lands. This, in theory, makes these missiles more difficult to track and intercept with protection systems and protection against balysics.
What is the strategic importance of owning such a Chinese weapon?
So why are these systems so important and why are these new Chinese developments concerned about America? True, as shown above, hypersonic missiles not only fly faster than traditional missiles, but can also differentiate their path from the target, making it more difficult to track and intercept with monitoring systems.
For countries like the United States which has modern missile defense systems to defend against threats from supersonic and subsonic missiles, hypersonic missiles are a legitimate cause for concern as they allow American enemies to threaten America with natural and nuclear strikes if necessary. .
FT quoted well-known sources of the Chinese hypersonic missile test as saying that theoretically the new missile could even be launched in the United States on the South Pole. To understand why this is a problem, it should be noted that the North American Air Force (NORAD) defense systems are oriented toward the northern polar route and missile traffic at the South Pole if elsewhere blind that can even be seen by NORAD , let alone arrest.
To put this development in a more contextual context, it should be noted that the news of this experiment comes as the United States conducts its own inspections on nuclear position, capabilities analysis and all US nuclear policies. Currently, there is fierce competition between those who believe America should not use more weapons of mass destruction and those who believe America must modernize its nuclear weapons to keep China and Russia under control.
These new developments would prompt American warlords to press the United States into the Cold War-China arms race.