BEIJING ($1=6.98 Chinese Yuans) — Chinese scientists are working on developing a supersonic anti-ship missile capable of submerging underwater, the South China Morning Post reports.
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The publication, citing scientists involved in the project, reports that a five-meter rocket will be able to fly at a speed of 2.5 times the speed of sound at a height of about 10 kilometers before plunging underwater. Underwater, the rocket will be able to travel a distance of 20 kilometers.
As the newspaper notes, as soon as the missile is within 10 kilometers of the target, it will go into torpedo mode, moving underwater at a speed of up to 100 meters per second, forming a giant air bubble around itself, which significantly reduces drag. In addition, the missile can change course or dive sharply to a depth of up to 100 meters, if necessary, to avoid underwater defense systems without losing speed.
The main difficulty faced by scientists is the creation of a power plant capable of providing the necessary thrust both in the air and underwater. According to scientists, this problem can be solved with the help of boron, which actively reacts in both environments, releasing a huge amount of heat.
Hypersonic missile test
Earlier, the Financial Times, citing sources, reported that China had tested a hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that had circled the globe. According to the publication, citing data from two people familiar with the Chinese tests, this weapon could theoretically fly over the South Pole.
This would be a big problem for the US military as their missile defense systems are aimed at the north polar direction. China has denied testing hypersonic weapons. Russian experts called the Chinese hypersonic missile an old Soviet development.
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