Chinese hypersonic weapon fired a separate missile mid-flight

WASHINGTON – A new U.S. military and intelligence report said China’s apparent nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle test on July 27 this year is more than the well-known Fractional Orbital Bombardment System or FOBS, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Financial Times and The Drive.

Chinese hypersonic weapon fired a separate missile mid-flight
Photo credit: The Drive

According to the report, during the flight of the hypersonic weapon into the atmosphere and at a speed of Mach 5, another missile was released – something that is being done for the first time, and neither the United States nor Russia has done so far. The release of “this payload” took place over the South China Sea.

This action or functionality of Chinese hypersonic weapons remains unclear to military experts. Their opinions differ, but two of them stand out against the comments – either China’s hypersonic weapon has fired an additional missile, or the release of the payload is a kind of countermeasure against the enemy. In both cases, whatever the “unknown function” of Chinese weapons is, it can only reinforce the view of some American experts that China is ahead of the United States, or Russia, in developing this technology.

Other Pentagon experts believe that if the hypersonic weapon fired a missile, it could be an air-to-air missile, but others say this type of missile makes no sense. DARPA also intervened in the discussion, saying the unit’s payload may have the ability to strike the “latest” enemy anti-aircraft missile systems under development in the United States.

One thing is clear – no one explains how exactly China managed to release the payload or missile at a speed five times the speed of sound. If this release had taken place in orbit or space, it would not have been something new or unusual, as space rockets have been doing for years. However, the release took place during a hypersonic flight into the atmosphere. It is this fact that tells experts that China, unlike the United States and Russia, has reached a technological breakthrough.

Chinese hypersonic weapon fired a separate missile mid-flight
Photo credit: The Drive

China is testing its hypersonic weapons in July and August this year. It is unclear whether he tested the same function on his hypersound during the second test in August. If so, this fact is quite puzzling and disturbing, because it suggests that neither the United States nor Russia has been able to detect Beijing’s new technological solutions.

Of course, China has denied such a test and similar functionality to its hypersonic weapons, doing so through its embassy in London, UK.

Interesting fact – it turns out that the idea of ​​releasing a payload or other type of ammunition during a flight at hypersonic speed is not new, but one that is already being developed. The United States, for example, is working on the idea of ​​a hypersonic missile dispersing ammunition. This program is called Vintage Racer and its launch was given only two years ago, in 2019.

Another possibility is the future American ballistic missile Precision Strike Missile [PrSM], about which we have repeatedly written to release swarms of unmanned ammunition or drones.

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