FirstFT: Chinese missile tests constraints of physics

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China’s hypersonic weapons test in July included technological advances that made it possible. Launch a missile An ability that no country has ever demonstrated when approaching a target at least five times the speed of sound.

According to people familiar with the information, Pentagon scientists are surprised by the advancement that allowed a supersonic glide vehicle, a maneuverable spacecraft capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, to launch another missile over the South China Sea. I was killed.

Experts at the Pentagon’s advanced research institute, Darupa, are uncertain about how China has overcome physics constraints by launching countermeasures from vehicles traveling at hypersonic speeds. People familiar with the details of the demo said.

Military experts have pondered test-related data to understand how China acquired the technology. They are also discussing the purpose of the projectiles launched by hypersonic aircraft, which have no clear target of their own, before diving into the water.

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