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    China confirms hypersonic missile carrier test

    China confirms hypersonic missile carrier test




    "Our planned scientific research tests conducted in our territory are normal," said the Beijing Defense Ministry as cited by Reuters on Wednesday. "These tests are not targeted at any country and at any specific goals."
    The ministry’s statement confirmed a report by the Washington Free Beacon on Monday. The newspaper cited US Pentagon officials saying that a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was detected flying at ten times the speed of sound over China on January 9. (link)

    The officials added that the ultra-high speed missile vehicle is aimed at "delivering warheads through US missile defenses."

    The HGV dubbed the WU-14 was reportedly designed to be launched as the final stage of China’s intercontinental ballistic missile. Its hypersonic speed range reportedly lies between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,840 to 7,680 miles per hour.

    US Congress voiced concerns on Tuesday fearing the country is falling behind in the international hypersonic arms race.

    “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.

    The newspaper also said the test made China the second country after the US to have successfully tested a hypersonic delivery vehicle able to carry nuclear warheads at a speed above Mach 10.

    Hypersonic vehicles, designed by the US, Russia and India, are developed for precise targeting and rapid delivery of weapons. They are intended to counter hostile missile and space defenses.

    Annual increases in China’s military spending have allowed Beijing to boost the quality and performance of domestic weapons and military hardware. According to Chinese technical reports from December 2012 and April 2013 the country is developing precision guidance systems designed to be directed via satellite.

    Russia too has confirmed the development of “a new class of hypersonic vehicle” that would “allow Russian strategic missiles to penetrate missile defense systems,” according to the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center.


    http://rt.com/news/hypersonic-vehicl...ile-china-665/


    >the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us<


    I guess that's what you get for hunting down muzzies with drones, and figuring out what people talk on the phone and hacking mails.
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    And the US spits the dummy and says it's so unfair.

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    Impressive. Almost as impressive as China's satellite killer missile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.
    Horrid state of affairs.


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    Don't be surprised if Lockheed have also been developing this and had the blueprints leaked/stolen/sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.
    Horrid state of affairs.


    Not so much how much you spend as how efficiently you spend it.
    JSF was supposed to be the cheap option for a next gen fighter and it's running 400 billion over budget and 5 years late and they are still not finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    JSF was supposed to be the cheap option for a next gen fighter and it's running 400 billion over budget and 5 years late and they are still not finished.
    Indeed. The case with most new weapons development programs. For those things that count in ability to project military power globally the US exceeds all the rest of the countries combined. For China and Russia to close that gap we are talking huge amounts of money. Doubt either will spend what is needed to close the gap. Nor do they have to. Certainly Russia won't. Trying to keep up with US military drove Soviet economy to bankruptcy.

    My post above and the expenditure graph was in response to the Republican hawks moaning about defense budget cuts. Point being, enough already!

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    Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.
    What a surprise.

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    “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement as cited by Washington Free Beacon.
    Defense cuts? Where are the cuts?

    The US doubled in "defense" spending / Pentagon budget in 2001/2 and it has remained doubled every since.

    These "cuts" are for certain benefits to people. Certainly not for hardware and R & D.

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