China is always in the headlines. Right now, it is making news for its hypersonic missiles that can travel 10 times faster than the speed of the sound. Yes! It is again a military threat to the world. Let us know more about it.
What Exactly Are The “Hypersonic Glide Vehicles”?
The Hypersonic Glide Vehicles are actually unmanned, rocket-launched, manoeuvrable aircrafts that glide and “skip” through the earth’s atmosphere at incredibly fast speeds. Not only this, these are much better in comparison to the conventional ballistic systems, as these can travel at much higher speeds, lower altitudes and less trackable trajectories.
Speed And Other Facts
The HGV weapon has already been a great topic of discussion among the three superpowers of the world, The USA, Japan and Russia. HGV weapons are known to have an impressive speed, that is 10 times faster than the speed of the sound. Not only this, it is known that they fly lower than the ballistic missile radar. The speed of the HGV allows it to hit any target within an hour. The missiles can hit between the range of 1800 to 2500-km.
The weapons were tested successfully and it was People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) who did the tests. The first test was carried out on 1st November while the 2nd took place on the 15th of November. This new weapon, HGV warhead, is currently under development in Russia and USA. It is being said that the weapon will be operational by 2020. The HGV will be the most powerful and advanced technology weapon. It can be used to deliver missiles including the nuclear missiles. It can hit speeds up to 7680 miles per hour, that is, 10 times faster than the speed of the sound.
Some More Facts
HGV can be used for delivering missiles and nuclear weapons to distant targets across the globe along with conventional payload. Not only this, HGV system could be used with various kinds of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range of at least 5,500 km. It is also said that multiple HGV warheads could be used with the DF-41, which has a range of at least 12,000 km.
A military threat
This weapon is a kind of military threat to the world. No nuisance, but this weapon is actually a big bomb that is going to give sleepless nights to the major superpowers. According to experts, China’s HGV could also destroy US’s anti-missile radar system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD). It is also known as the approach of HGVs leaves defence systems less time to intercept the warhead before it drops its payload. Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming told PTI that HGV technology has become part of the nuclear strategy between the world’s three big nuclear powers: China, the US and Russia”Compared to conventional ballistic missiles, HGVs are more complex and difficult to intercept,” Zhou told the South China Morning Post. Let’s see how the world responds to it.