China Just Tested A Hypersonic Missile The US Can't Defend Against

China claims to have successfully tested a new hypersonic missile that would be capable of penetrating any missile defense system in the world. The Starry Sky-2, which is an experimental design known as “waverider,” rides the shock waves generated during flight. The missile could one day carry conventional and or nuclear warheads undetected through US missile defense shields.

According to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), an aerodynamic research institution in Beijing and part of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), conducted the hypersonic missile test in northwestern China last Friday.

The CAAA released a statement issued on Monday, indicating the Starry Sky-2 was carried into space by a solid-propellant rocket before separating.

CAAA images of the rocket launching the Starry Sky-2 to the upper atmosphere (Source/WeChat)

Video: Starry Sky-2 Launch

After separation, it descended to lower altitudes as it autonomously conducted extreme turning manoeuvers, reaching Mach 5.5 for more than 400 seconds, and reached a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h (4,563mph), the CAAA WeChat statement said.

The test was deemed a “complete success,” stated CAAA, which posted a series of behind the scenes images of the experiment on social media. “The Starry Sky-2 flight test project was strongly innovative and technically difficult, confronting a number of cutting-edge international technical challenges.”

However, the CAAA did not mention what the intended purpose of the missile would be used for, other than commenting on how hypersonic technologies could further China’s aerospace industry.

Although, the missile is still in the development stage and probably a few years out from series production, waveriders could be used to carry conventional and or nuclear warheads capable of penetrating the world’s most advanced anti-missile defense systems.

Earlier this year, Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles.

“The first, most important message I want to deliver today is that the forces under my command are fully ready to deter our adversaries and respond decisively, should deterrence ever fail. We are ready for all threats. No one should doubt this,” Gen. Hyten said in his opening statement.

However, in a follow-on conversation with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Hyten cautioned:

“we [US] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us.”

Hyten suggested the US is powerless against hypersonic weapon threats and has to rely on nuclear deterrence.

Hyten added, “so our response would be our deterrent force which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat.”

In mid-April, Lockheed Martin announced that it had won a $928 million contract to develop a hypersonic missile for the Air Force to counter Chinese and Russian missile defense systems.

During the recent discussion at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C., Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said China has yet to “mass deploy hypersonics or long-range [tactical] ballistic missiles,” however, “they are able now to deploy those capabilities at a large scale” if they decide to move in that direction, he added.

Gen. Selva then dropped a bombshell indicating the Pentagon is behind in the demonstration of hypersonic technologies, but he did mention that the Pentagon still holds an advantage when it comes to sensor and sensor-integration technologies.

“If we just sit back and don’t react we will lose our technological superiority” over China, Selva said.

Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming told the South China Morning Post that Starry Sky-2 would be used for carrying conventional warheads rather than nuclear ones, adding that such a capability was not in the immediate future.

“I think there are still three to five years before this technology can be weaponized,” he said. “As well as being fitted to missiles, it may also have other military applications, which are still being explored.”

The Starry Sky-2 is not China’s first rodeo operating in the hypersonic space — it has been testing hypersonic missiles since 2014, but the latest test is the first to make use of waverider technology.

Mike Griffin, a former Nasa administrator and now the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, warned earlier this year that China had built “a pretty mature system” for a hypersonic missile to strike from thousands of miles away.

To sum up, this is it – the dying American empire is behind the hypersonic technology curve, as it may suggest: The US could lose its military technological superiority to China sometime in the mid/late 2020s, if it does not properly allocate enough investments into hypersonic technologies.

We then ask the question: What comes next if Washington’s power slips in the Pacific? Well, you guessed it... War.

Comments

Shillinlikeavillan TBT or not TBT Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:24 Permalink

All I see is a ordinary rocket going up with no proof of it carrying anything like is claimed...

 

... I call their bluff.

 

And besides, if NASA can't do it(yet), then I highly doubt the chincos can whip it up in less than a couple of years, the engineering required is staggering...

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_X-43

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-51_Waverider

 

Also, why in the hell would you launch a missile into space, with a nuke, have it fly whatever amount of miles to its target, in the air?

 

Why not just drop a guided bomb from space like we all do with ICBMs, instead of dinking around with this hypersonic crap that is actually more meant for in-atmosphere-whatever-ur-doing not reentry from space... its much simpler and ur doing the same thing...

 

 

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ThanksChump Last of the Mi… Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

What's the big deal? Easy:

What many "war buffs" fail to understand: any missile that can cover 12 miles (RADAR horizon at sea) in less time than is required to detect, calculate an intercept, then rotate a Phalanx turret 120 degrees can destroy any naval vessel at will. It's simple math: that's just how it is, Cubby.

The only possible defenses are A) a new radar replacement that can "see" around the curvature of the planet, B) a weapon system that can neutralize multiple threats with the absolute maximum reaction time for every threat being less than 2 seconds.

We can't do A or B, and those are the only possible solutions to hypersonic missiles, so why, WHY, would we waste money on another naval vessel??

 

Submarines, MAAAAaaaan! No:

Once you escalate to nukes, the goal is no longer to "win": it's to guarantee the other guy loses, so it isn't necessary to target an enemy. It's only necessary to insure that the enemy is destroyed, and setting off enough nukes in your own backyard (or some third party's backyard) will kill everyone on the other side of the planet. Several countries are equipped for this strategy. Time-to-target: 0 seconds - Enemy casualties: 100%

 

Anyone who wants to try and win a war under the current terms is a complete moron. The only possible survival strategy, right now, is to remove any possible positive outcome for any possible attacker. Think "Dr. Strangelove"'s doomsday device, except you advertise its existence.

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Prosource ThanksChump Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:47 Permalink

No one has to calculate the curvature of the planet because IT'S FLAT..

No engineering (railroads) or military (weapons/missile/artillery) technology EVER builds in calculations  for "the curvature of the earth" to complete the design. 

Land bases telescopic lenses and infrared and radar devices can "see" over 100 miles across the earth, proving there is no significant curvature which would otherwise eliminate this ability because the object(s) should otherwise be 'over the curve'.

We are under a dome Truman.  See Operation Fishbowl.  We can't break through the firmament. And that's a very good thing by Design.

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Element The_Juggernaut Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:09 Permalink

These hypersonics articles are a fricken joke. What is it now? Several hysterical hype articles per week now? All of them a clone of the last one! lol

Ohhh!! we're so worried by lagging behind that for FY2019 the Pentagon requested a mere $263 million for the "Prompt Global Strike" hypersonic program.

Ah-huh ... does that not seem a little low to you? Think about it, $263 million, in a military where obtaining $50 billion allocation for any severe military threat should have been a piece of cake!

So what does that tell you idiots who are crapping-on and on about hypersonic, commie wunda-weapons™?

$263 million is about enough for the coffee and muffins, but not likely to pay for the printer paper and office plants for the program office's reception area.

In other words, despite the calamity quotes, it's crystal clear the Pentagon is not actually worried about Ru or PLA hypersonic weapons hype, at all.

Is that perfectly clear now? Too fast?

1) The Pentagon either has a strong defense against hypersonic class weapons.

2) Or they have a full diverse armory of hypersonic weapons already.

3) Or hypersonic weapons have major issues and are ineffective.

Whatever the reasons, the Pentagon could not give a rat's kyber-pass about commie hypersonic weapons. That much is clear.

If they had any concern at all they would have requested at least $20 billion in FY2019.

Duh!

And have you noticed that the US has been talking about Prompt Global Strike for a long time now, but just hasn't funded it much. At a wild guess I'd say there's no program, just enough money allocated to pretend there is one.

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ThanksChump Element Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:16 Permalink

Look up "Sunfire missile". That's what should have started the panic years ago.

 

The hypersonic missile threat has been genuine and known for over a decade. Every US ship has been an easy target for over ten years, yet we keep funding them, putting personnel on them.

 

It's only new to you and some others who don't pay much attention unless it's on CNN (twice) or Oprah (once).

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Jack's Raging … Element Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

Super-cavitating torpedoes have existed for quite a while now. They are real, effectively unstoppable, but have limited range. About a dozen nations have them. I think part of the push for laser weapons has been to counter hyper-sonic weapons. I don't know what else could respond to them. The USA has had hyper-sonic weapons for about a decade, even if they are still not perfected. I definitely think MAD is more true today than ever, which is a good thing.

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msamour ThanksChump Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

After reading your comment I went outside my house and put my geiger counter near the road. There was no uptick in decay count. I would like to agree with you, but No where of the 9 different places I have checked show any increase in radiation. (I am from Ottawa). There are some increases sometimes when the wind blows East. We are downwind from chalk River where a research reactor is about 3 hours north west of our city. While there is the occasional increase sometimes,  the level are never above acceptable limit.

Ironically enough, the highest reading I ever got from my detector was when I found an old plate from the 30's that was made with uranium oxide (green coloured transparent plates). The level of radiation from these plates concern me deeply. Although not enough to pose an immediate threat, I would not eat anything from that plate.

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Skateboarder Nexus789 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

Supersonic, hypersonic, fvck all kinds of your sonic.

Check out this baller song, "Supernova and Asteroids" from an up and coming band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeDokQ5b9xU

There is something sweet coming from the space
With the cosmic ship brother in my way
There is something dark around that nova
Supersonic speed and my trip is over

Countdown, Mr. Captain, to see the cosmic skies

The color stellar hangs around the ship
Everybody's watching to the nova flick
With a super cable connecting worlds
There is something magic in the asteroids

Countdown, Mr. Captain, to see the asteroids

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Kayman Nexus789 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

"Worst thing ever is underestimating your enemy." True. But that cuts both ways.

Out of $700 billion a year we are hardly underestimating anybody. Even with leakage like $10 billion to Bezos.

China better not be underestimating the USA, the only country that has actually dropped nuclear bombs.

The fact that Vietnam was fought with shoelaces tied together and both hands tied shouldn't lead China to think there aren't a bunch of loose cannons in the U.S. military that would just love to try out some new toys.

China's biggest problem is how to make a deal with Trump that doesn't make them lose face in public.

The Witch of November commeth. 

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