Thursday, June 11, 2015
China's fourth successful test of Strategic Nuclear Delivery Vehicle, may be able to render US anti-missile defense systems "obsolete."
China's fourth successful test of Strategic Nuclear Delivery Vehicle, may be able to render US anti-missile defense systems "obsolete." (SP).
China this week conducted the fourth successful test of a new hypersonic vehicle which is capable of delivering nuclear strikes and may be able to render US anti-missile defense systems "obsolete."
The test of the Wu-14 hypersonic strike vehicle was carried out Sunday, launched atop a ballistic missile fired from a test facility in western China, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The vehicle executed "extreme maneuvers" that intelligence officials say are meant to test the ability to dodge US anti-missile defense systems.
The Wu-14 travels high in the atmosphere on the edge of space while carrying nuclear or conventional warheads. The high-tech vehicle also can travel at speeds of up to 10 times the speed of sound or around 7,680 miles per hour.
US intelligence routinely monitors the tests, and Sunday was the first time the Wu-14 demonstrated "extreme maneuvers," according to one official who spoke to the Free Beacon. Analysts believe those maneuvers are designed to dodge missile defense systems.
In addition to the glide vehicle, China is also developing a second hypersonic weapon that uses a high-technology scramjet engine.
"With four tests in about a year and a half, it is possible that China could conclude development of an early version for deployment in one to two years," Rick Fisher, a China expert with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said in an interview with the Free Beacon.
He added: "Perhaps the most important US antidote for China's hypersonic maneuvering warhead is US energy weapons programs." Fisher said there is an "urgent need" for the United States to deploy rail-gun weapons, which fire shotgun-style pellets at hypersonic speeds, creating pellet clouds that can damage or destroy Chinese hypersonic vehicles. Hmmmm....Let me guess developed by 'Yu So Phukt'? Read the full story here.