Beating the US, China develops next-generation heat-seeking hypersonic missiles


The projectile, which circled the planet, raised concerns among U.S. officials, but China insisted the missile launch was intended for a spacecraft

New Delhi: China says it has beaten the United States in developing heat-seeking hypersonic missiles that could target targets such as aircraft carriers and moving vehicles, the Daily Mail reported.

The development, which is likely to add intensity to the ongoing arms race between China, the United States and Russia, comes after Beijing denied testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August.

The projectile, which circled the planet, raised concerns among U.S. officials, but China insisted the missile launch was intended for a spacecraft.

However, researchers at the National University of Defense Technology of China say they have developed technology that allows a hypersonic missile to find a target based on its heat signature, according to the report.

According to a study cited by the South China Morning Post, lead scientist Professor Yi Shihe claimed in a scientific article published last month that China has achieved a “series of fundamental technological breakthroughs that have proven effective in testing. “.

If this is true, it means that China may have overcome the difficulty of developing a heat seeking system capable of operating at hypersonic speeds.

The feat is a challenge as the rhythm of the missile itself generates heat which can interfere with detection systems.

Hypersonic missiles can reach speeds of up to 21,000 mph and can strike anywhere on Earth from space within minutes.

The latest development comes as experts fear hypersonic missiles could be used to trigger World War III, with Russia, China and the United States all working on next-generation missiles, according to the report.

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