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Weekend Reads China's hypersonic rocket: Old technique, new problem?

20:00  19 october  2021
20:00  19 october  2021 Source:   zeit.de

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We answer the most important questions about the alleged rocket test.

What exactly has China shot in the sky?

It is a so-called high-speed sliding body, according to the information of the Financial Times, whereupon Beijing's statement, it was a "spaceship". Just like ballistic missiles, these nuclear weapons can wear. Such missiles move with more than five times the speed of sound, with about 6,200 kilometers per hour, in the upper atmosphere. While this is slower than a ballistic intercontinental rocket, but the shape of a hyperhall gliding vehicle makes it possible to control or remove from defense systems. They are maneuverable and remotely controlled, which makes a shot much more difficult.

The combination of a controllable sliding vehicle at a speed of sound with a rocket shooting it into a low earth circulation path can severely restrict the reaction time of opponents and the effectiveness of conventional defense techniques. The procedure is called Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS).

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What distinguishes hypershown weapons of conventional intercontinental rackets?

Like ballistic missiles, hyperhall weapons can wear nuclear crush heads. However, while ballistic missiles fly through space in a high arc, hypersonic rackets remain in a low orbit. The common missile defense systems are geared to conventional intercontinental rockets, which is why remote-controlled hyposration weapons on orbits are more dangerous.

works only China to such weapons?

No, in addition to Beijing, the US and Russia also work on hypsyngal weapons, including room glides, which are shot into a circulation path with a rocket. Also, the North Koreans say they worked on hyphalism technology. The Fractional Orbital Bombardment System used by China now has already been developed in the sixties in the Soviet Union . In the eighties, however, it was replaced by submarine-supported ballistic rockets.

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The United States and Russia have also carried out tests with hypershalated weapons in recent months. The US work on the expansion of its arsenal for hypershown missiles and recently reported a successful test of a so-called HAWC rocket, which is partially powered by oxygen from the atmosphere. It can fly like a march flying body from our own power through the atmosphere.

What is China's test for future disarmament negotiations?

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