Technology is constantly evolving and pushing the limits of weaponry.
According to reports, China now has a new “invisible” missile that shows that the United States may be falling behind.
The new ultra-fast missile travels at speeds so fast that the missile is nearly impossible to detect and destroy.
“The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has announced the successful development of a hypersonic ramjet engine after a series of eight test flights,” News Corp. reported.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The term hypersonic generally means that an aircraft or object can travel above Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound. That speed is roughly 3,800 miles per hour, which is nearly seven times as fast as a Tomahawk cruise missile.
“Ramjet” technology can be thought of as a jet engine that doesn’t require a compressor for incoming air. In basic terms, the speed of the aircraft itself compresses or “rams” dense air into the jet intake, which allows combustion and propulsion to continue very efficiently.
See the Ramjet technology explained in the video below:
A Chinese news source said that the missile is ready to be tested on air-to-air targets. It is believed that the missiles will be outfitted on the J-20 stealth fighter.
“Combined with long-range sensor networks, this would give Chinese fighters the ability to reach far behind the front lines to destroy vital support aircraft such as air-to-air tankers and early-warning radar platforms,” explained News Corp Australia.
Even U.S. military officials are starting to admit that the U.S. is falling behind in the arms race.
“The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward-deployed U.S. forces and even the continental United States,” the U.S. Air Force study said, according to The Times.
“These weapons appear to operate in regimes of speed and altitude, with maneuverability that could frustrate existing missile defense constructs and weapon capabilities,” the expert report continued.
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