China's hypersonic BGV >>> Wu-14 / DF-ZF / DF-17

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nope. this is Russian MARV from Makeev SRC
 

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flateric said:
nope. this is Russian MARV from Makeev SRC
Thx alot as always,

It sounded familiar, but not Chinese.
I'll try come up with additional info, but I need to do some homework prior posting, as always.

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FWIW, China performed new Wu-14 test this week.

Some extracts of Bill Gertz's article on PRC's wednesday's Wu-14 BGMarV test in the free beacon, below.
Emphasis are mine. And please, remember the article is not entirely cut n'pasted, so go and see the original to get a complete picture --- thx.

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China Conducts Fifth Test of Hypersonic Glide Vehicle
Maneuvering missile takes evasive actions

BY: Bill Gertz
August 21, 2015 5:40 pm

China this week carried out another test of a new high-tech hypersonic glide vehicle, an ultra high-speed missile designed to deliver nuclear weapons and avoid defenses.

The latest test of what the Pentagon calls the Wu-14 hypersonic glide vehicle was carried out from the Wuzhai missile test range in central China. The test was judged successful, according to defense officials familiar with details of the event.

Additionally, officials said the glide vehicle, which travels along the edge of the earth’s atmosphere, demonstrated a new capability: evasive actions.

U.S. intelligence agencies have been tracking the Wu-14 since for over a year and have gained valuable insights into the weapon, the officials said.

No additional details were provided on the maneuvering activities of the Wu-14. However, the evasive actions bolstered suspicions that China is building the missile with capabilities designed to defeat U.S. defenses.


Current U.S. defenses are designed to track missiles that travel in predictable flight paths and are unable to counter maneuvering warheads and glide vehicles.

The latest Wu-14 test took place Wednesday.

It was the fifth test of the glide vehicle and the second since June.

The weapon is launched as the last stage of a missile that reaches speeds of around Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound—around 7,680 miles per hour.

Military analysts said the Chinese test schedule indicates that China may be close to deploying the high priority weapon.

Earlier flight tests took place this year on June 7 and last year on Jan. 9, Aug. 7 and Dec. 2.

The weapon system and tests were first reported by the Free Beacon.

Asked about the test, Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said: “We do not comment on PRC weapons tests but we do monitor Chinese military modernization carefully.”

A defense official, however, said the Wu-14 is viewed as a serious emerging strategic threat that could complicate U.S. nuclear deterrent efforts.

“At a minimum this latest test indicates China is likely succeeding in achieving a key design objective: building a warhead capable of withstanding the very high stress of hypersonic maneuvering,” said Rick Fisher, a China military expert. “It is likely that the test vehicle will form the basis for a missile launched weapon.”

“The advent of a Chinese hypersonic weapon may pose the greatest early threat to large U.S. Navy ships,” said Fisher, a senior fellow with the International Assessment and Strategy Center. “The best prospect for a defensive response would be to greatly accelerate railgun development.”

Lora Saalman, an expert on hypersonic technology and former research associate at Carnegie-Tsinghua in Beijing, said the two most recent Wu-14 flights coming within two months are “unprecedented in terms of pace and frequency,” and suggest “a form of qualitative arms racing vis-a-vis the United States.”

“If the intent is for the Wu-14 to be a longer-range system for delivering conventional payloads, then it is likely an effort to extend the range and flexibility of China’s [anti-access, area denial] capabilities beyond that of the DF-21D missile,” she said.

“If this conventional system is mounted to reach an intercontinental range, then it could represent an effort to catch up with or even beat the United States to the punch on its own Conventional Prompt Global Strike aspirations,” Saalman added.
A nuclear-armed Wu-14 is likely intended to defeat U.S. missile defenses, Saalman said. “The difficulty is that each of these eventualities and aims are not necessarily mutually independent, nor are they distinguishable without more technical details on the most recent test,” she said.

(…)

A congressional Chinese commission stated in its annual report last year that China’s hypersonic missile “could render existing U.S. missile defense systems less effective and potentially obsolete.”

China, Russia, and the United States appear engaged in a quiet hypersonic arms race.

Russia tested a hypersonic missile in February.

The Pentagon also is conducting research and development on hypersonic arms, including an Army missile and a glide vehicle and a scramjet-powered hypersonic weapon.

(…)

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source: Bill Gertz, "China Conducts Fifth Test of Hypersonic Glide Vehicle - Maneuvering missile takes evasive actions," Free Beacon, freebeacon.com, 20150815, at time accessed.
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Given the reported flight performances of PRC's latest (5th) Wu-14 test, it seems the answer to Vice News' recent article is... "yes".Take it with a grain of salt, though. There is another related issue, going beyond steering for evading maneuvers: can you steer for accurate targeting / bombing high value time critical targets? Which brings us back to the key importance of GN&C, atomic clocks, etc.

Ryan Faith, "China Has a New Hypersonic Glider That Could Deliver Nukes — But Can They Steer It?," Vice News, 16/06/2015
available online from:
https://news.vice.com/article/china-has-a-new-hypersonic-glider-that-could-deliver-nukes-but-can-they-steer-it

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Yep, "can they steer it?"
Homework would have lead to closer scrutiny of key Beihang University researchers…

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When you test things you get better. When you put things on the shelf after a flight or two you don't.
 

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jjnodice said:
These tests are almost becoming routine.

China carried out a sixth flight test of its new high-speed nuclear attack vehicle on Monday designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses or carry out global strikes.

The system was identified as the DF-ZF, rather than Wu-14.

Full article here.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-again-tests-nuclear-hypersonic-missile/

Additional references from monosource:

Bill Gertz, "The China Challenge: The weapons the PLA didn’t show", Asia Times, 20150908,
http://atimes.com/2015/09/the-china-challenge-the-weapons-the-pla-didnt-show/

Bill Gertz, "China Again Tests - Nuclear Hypersonic Missile Sixth flight of DF-ZF glide vehicle indicates weapon a high priority for Beijing," The Washington Free Beacon, 20151125-0500
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-again-tests-nuclear-hypersonic-missile/

… Rewritten by Russian (Sputinik) online mag / news services:

Staff Writers, "China's hypersonic weapon capable of overcoming air defense systems," Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2015
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_hypersonic_weapon_capable_of_overcoming_air_defense_systems_999.html


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http://freebeacon.com/national-security/stratcom-china-moving-rapidly-to-deploy-new-hypersonic-glider/

China conducted six successful tests of a new high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle, the most recent in November, and also recently tested an anti-satellite missile, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Friday.

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander in charge of nuclear forces, said the tests are part of a worrying military buildup by China, which also includes China’s aggressive activities in the South China Sea. “China continues to make significant military investments in their nuclear and conventional capabilities, with their stated goal being that of defending Chinese sovereignty,” Haney said during a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“It recently conducted its sixth successful test of a hypersonic glide vehicle, and as we saw in September last year, is parading missiles clearly displaying their modernization and capability advancements,” he added. The six tests of the hypersonic glide vehicle, regarded by U.S. intelligence agencies as a nuclear delivery system designed to defeat missile defenses, were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Defense officials said the hypersonic glide vehicle tested on Nov. 23, known as DF-ZF, was launched atop a ballistic missile fired from China’s Wuzhai missile test center in central China. The glider separated from the booster and flew at extremely high speed—between Mach 5 and Mach 10—along the edge of space.

Haney confirmed all six tests were successful, indicating the weapon program is proceeding. Prior to the November test, the DF-ZF was flight tested Aug. 19. The earlier tests were carried out on June 7, and on Jan. 9, 2014; Aug. 7, 2014; and Dec. 2, 2014. Haney described the hypersonic threat as a challenge to U.S. strategic deterrence.

The congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission stated in its latest annual report that the hypersonic glide vehicle program is “progressing rapidly” and the weapon could be deployed by 2020. China also is building a powered version of the high-speed vehicle that could be fielded by 2025. “The very high speeds of these weapons, combined with their maneuverability and ability to travel at lower, radar-evading altitudes, would make them far less vulnerable than existing missiles to current missile defenses,” the commission stated.

In a second speech to another think tank on Friday, Haney also confirmed that China recently conducted a test of an anti-satellite missile. Defense officials said the Dong Neng-3 exoatmospheric strike vehicle was flight-tested Oct. 30 from China’s Korla Missile Test Complex in western China. The test was also first reported by the Free Beacon, and officials said the missile threatens U.S. satellites. Chinese Internet posts of pictures from the area showed what appeared to be contrails from the missile test. A Chinese military official later confirmed the anti-satellite test in a state-run press report. Zhou Derong, a professor at the People’s Liberation Army Logistics Academy, described the development of anti-satellite weapons as part of China’s national defense.

“It is perfectly legitimate for China to carry out normal missile launch tests,” Zhou was quoted as saying. “Besides, even if China were developing anti-satellite weapons, these would be no more than self-defense measures taken to protect its own space resources.” The official criticized the United States for what he said were efforts to oppose and exaggerate anti-satellite tests. The DN-3 is the third known anti-satellite missile operational or under development by China. Earlier tests involved anti-satellite missiles known as the DN-1 and DN-2. The DN-1 has also been labeled the SC-19. Rick Fisher, a China military analyst at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said Adm. Haney has advanced details of China’s nuclear and strategic developments. “Adm. Haney is the first U.S. official to call attention to China’s pursuit of prompt global strike capabilities, or non nuclear missile strike systems,” Fisher said. “The United States has been talking about Prompt Global Strike for nearly 20 years but has not built any such system.”

Also, China’s lack of transparency on nuclear forces is undermining Beijing’s often-stated policy of not being the first to use nuclear arms in a conflict. “China’s development of two and possibly up to two more MIRV-equipped intercontinental missiles could indicate China seeks a nuclear first strike capability,” he said. China also appears to be seeking to “sprint to parity” with the United States in warhead numbers along with growing space warfare capabilities poses “a much greater danger to U.S. strategic forces,” Fisher said, and should prompt a build up of U.S. nuclear forces. Haney said another concern of Strategic Command is China’s re-engineering of its long-range missile to carry multiple nuclear warheads.

U.S. intelligence agencies detected the test of a new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile on Dec. 4 with two independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. By contrast, the United States has removed all multiple warheads from its land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles Haney, in the CSIS speech, said the current strategic environment is “more complex, dynamic, and volatile, perhaps more so than any time in our history.”

“The dangers posed by this unpredictable security environment are compounded by the continuing propagation of asymmetric capabilities and methods, the unprecedented proliferation of advanced capacities and technologies, and the increasingly provocative and destabilizing behavior on the part of both current and potential adversaries,” he said. The threats include terrorists in the Middle East, and activities by nation states including Russia, China, and North Korea. Russia is continuing to modernize both its conventional and strategic forces and is stressing new strategic approaches and destabilizing activities in Syria and Ukraine, while developing space weapons and conducting cyber attacks, Haney said. North Korea continues to threaten the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asia region with strategic advancements, including claims of “miniaturized” nuclear warheads and recent claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test, the four-star admiral said.

Pyongyang also is developing road-mobile and submarine-launched ballistic missile technologies, he added. To meet the challenges, Haney said U.S. nuclear forces need to be modernized with new missiles, submarines, and bombers. “Without timely investment, we risk degrading the deterring and the stabilizing effect of a strong and credible nuclear deterrent force,” he said. Haney also warned about the growing threat of space warfare capabilities.

“We need to get our heads around the fact that a future conflict may bleed into space,” Haney said. “Simply put, the threats are real and are evolving faster than we probably ever imagined. Irresponsible acts in space can have damaging consequences for all space-faring and space-dependent nations.” Space attacks pose “a multifaceted space challenge, and potentially threatens national sovereignty and survival,” Haney said. To counter space threats, the Pentagon is working to counter space attacks on satellites with new capabilities, more secure satellites, and smaller, more easily replaceable satellites.

Both Russia and China are working on space weapons, including lasers and other directed energy weapons that can blind satellites. The debris resulting from China’s destruction of a weather satellite with a missile in 2007 is still posing problems for satellites and manned spacecraft. North Korea also appears to be building satellites for space weapons.

“We must be able to maintain situational awareness of it all, act where necessary, and as stated in the 2010 Space Policy, preserve the space environment,” Haney said. The Pentagon is spending more than $5.5 billion to prepare space systems for a future conflict, Haney said. “We must have assured access to space such that we can function through a multi-layered approach, through all phases of conflict,” he said.
 

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sferrin said:
Must be nice. :'(
From the 60's to today there seems to be several historical examples of the US giving away strategic weapons superiority, IMHO.
 

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Why is the Chinese hypersonic vehicle in this forum yet discussion of the US equivalent is in the military forum?
 

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Flyaway said:
Why is the Chinese hypersonic vehicle in this forum yet discussion of the US equivalent is in the military forum?
Hi back Flyaway.

Short answer: when I started this thread, I simply wished to fill in a void, with 3 objectives in mind:
[list type=decimal]
[*]a tech-and-specs based perspective;
[*]a clear repository for available reference material on one specific subject (other well documented hypersonic airbreathing propulsion RDT&E efforts are handled in another thread);
[*]the willingness to avoid the "commentary" or "doctrinal" viewpoint, which is what you may find here http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9802.0.html (and which may actually be what you refer to).[/list]

If PGS is what you have in mind, this above mentioned thread now looks like a fat cat. It has grown so big, with so many different AoAs ;) that its informational contents becomes less useful or practical. Information herein appears less organized (to me). But this it is an interesting thread worth any of its entries, and general discussion anyway.

So I thought it would be more practical here to narrow down the subject and focus on one single topic. If you feel like contributing to this thread and add up interesting technical details (such as NOTAMs ) with their source or whatever of importance to enrich this thread, please do. You're welcome.

Thx
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PS) post edited to handle typos!
 

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China conducts sixth 'successful' hypersonic weapons test, STRATCOM chief says

January 29, 2016

China has notched another success in its effort to develop a hypersonic weapon, conducting a sixth test of a hyperglide vehicle that U.S. intelligence assesses as favorable to Beijing's effort to develop a next-generation offensive strike weapon, according to a senior U.S. defense official. Adm. Cecil Haney, head of U.S. Strategic Command, revealed the intelligence finding during a Jan. 22 address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "They recently conducted [their] sixth successful test of a hyperglide vehicle," Haney said, enumerating recent developments in China's military modernization program. Asked when the test took place, where, and whether the event featured a technology China has previously flown -- that the Pentagon has reportedly dubbed the WU-14 -- a Defense Department spokesman declined to elaborate.

"We are not going to be able to provide any additional information due to intelligence matters," Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, said. Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a STRATCOM spokeswoman for the admiral, said Haney's discussion of the Chinese hypersonic test flight was not inadvertent, but she too declined to offer further details.

Asked if Haney had previously discussed in public any other Chinese hypersonic tests, Kunze said the admiral has discussed hyperglide technology in the past and referred a reporter to a transcript archive of Haney's remarks on STRATCOM's website. In none of the posted transcripts has Haney previously mentioned a Chinese hypersonic weapon tests. During an address last summer in Huntsville, AL, Haney noted that research and development of hyperglide vehicles -- along with other technologies, such as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles -- "are also challenging our planning calculus." "Hyperglide vehicle technology complicates our sensing and defensive approaches," the four-star said to the Alabama audience.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, in its 2015 annual report, noted that only three countries currently have programs to develop hypersonic weapons -- which are designed to sustain speeds of between Mach 5 and Mach 10: the United States, Russia and China. "Due to limited public information, high-confidence assessments of China's hypersonic weapons programs are not possible; however it appears China's hypersonic weapons program is in its developmental stages and progressing rapidly," the commission report states.

China's hypersonic weapons research, according to the report, is focused on two types of technology: a boost-glide weapon, and a supersonic combustion ramjet. Haney's reference to a "hyperglide" vehicle appears to refer to a "boost-glide" weapon which is launched on a large rocket like a ballistic missile but on a flatter trajectory that stays within the atmosphere and releases an unpowered glider that maneuvers to its target. China has reportedly conducted five hypersonic tests: two in 2015 and three in 2014, according to the commission report.

Mark Stokes, executive director of the Project 2019 Institute and an expert in China's military modernization program, estimates China could field a regional hypersonic glide vehicle by 2020, according to the report.
 

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antigravite said:
Flyaway said:
Why is the Chinese hypersonic vehicle in this forum yet discussion of the US equivalent is in the military forum?
Hi back Flyaway.

Short answer: when I started this thread, I simply wished to fill in a void, with 3 objectives:
[list type=decimal]
[*]a tech-and-specs based perspective;
[*]a clear repository for available reference material on one specific subject (other well documented hypersonic airbreathing propulsion RDT&E efforts are handled in another thread);
[*]the willingness to avoid the "commentary" or "doctrinal" viewpoint, which is what you may find here http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9802.0.html (and which may actually be what you refer to).[/list]

If PGS is what you have in mind, this above mentioned thread now looks like a fat cat. It has grown so big, with so many different AoAs ;) that its informational contents becomes less useful or practical. Information herein appears less organized (to me). But this it is an interesting thread worth any of its entries, and general discussion anyway.

So I thought it would be more practical here to narrow down the subject and focus on one single topic. If you feel like contributing to this thread and add up interesting technical details (such as NOTAMs ) with their source or whatever of importance to enrich this thread, please do. You're welcome.

Thx
A.

PS) post edited to handle typos!

Thank you for the explanation. :)
 

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http://www.janes.com/article/58013/china-reveals-df-21-mrbm-manoeuvrable-warhead?utm_campaign=%5bPMP%5d_PC5308_J360%2017.02.16%20_KV_Deployment&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
 

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Flight #7 has been conducted:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-successfully-tests-hypersonic-missile/

China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile
Seventh test of new DF-ZF glider tracked over northern China

China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.

The test of the developmental DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle was monitored after launch Friday atop a ballistic missile fired from the Wuzhai missile launch center in central China, said officials familiar with reports of the test.

The maneuvering glider, traveling at several thousand miles per hour, was tracked by satellites as it flew west along the edge of the atmosphere to an impact area in the western part of the country.

It was the seventh successful flight test of the revolutionary glider, which travels at speeds between 4,000 and 7,000 miles per hour.
 

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Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.
 

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sferrin said:
Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.

It is beyond crazy that Russia and China have a vastly higher test rate than the US for hypersonics.

The fact is that, as things stand today, one has to assume that China and Russia are closer to a viable hypersonic boost/glide weapon than the US... No amount of computer simulation and ground testing can replicate a hypersonic environment.
 

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DrRansom said:
sferrin said:
Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.

It is beyond crazy that Russia and China have a vastly higher test rate than the US for hypersonics.

The fact is that, as things stand today, one has to assume that China and Russia are closer to a viable hypersonic boost/glide weapon than the US... No amount of computer simulation and ground testing can replicate a hypersonic environment.

Yep.
 

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sferrin said:
DrRansom said:
sferrin said:
Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.

It is beyond crazy that Russia and China have a vastly higher test rate than the US for hypersonics.

The fact is that, as things stand today, one has to assume that China and Russia are closer to a viable hypersonic boost/glide weapon than the US... No amount of computer simulation and ground testing can replicate a hypersonic environment.

Yep.
I think I posted on this thread or another (maybe X-51 thread) that you could write a book about the strategic weapon systems the US 'gave away' an advantage in, through misguided policies or political dithering, etc. In fact this website would be a great place for research material.
 

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DrRansom said:
sferrin said:
Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.

It is beyond crazy that Russia and China have a vastly higher test rate than the US for hypersonics.

The fact is that, as things stand today, one has to assume that China and Russia are closer to a viable hypersonic boost/glide weapon than the US... No amount of computer simulation and ground testing can replicate a hypersonic environment.

The systems are very different. HTV-2 is designed for much greater range and 4x the glide speed. "Hypersonic" is just a word, but there's a wide difference between Mach 4 and Mach 20.
 

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Arian said:
DrRansom said:
sferrin said:
Wow. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they test more than once every five years.

It is beyond crazy that Russia and China have a vastly higher test rate than the US for hypersonics.

The fact is that, as things stand today, one has to assume that China and Russia are closer to a viable hypersonic boost/glide weapon than the US... No amount of computer simulation and ground testing can replicate a hypersonic environment.

The systems are very different. HTV-2 is designed for much greater range and 4x the glide speed. "Hypersonic" is just a word, but there's a wide difference between Mach 4 and Mach 20.

Mach 4? DF-ZF has been described as gliding with a top speed of Mach 10 (over 7500mph), HTV-2 was Mach 20 test glide, so not quite four times, more like two times.

DF-ZF is closer to what the US Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was... though that only conducted a few tests as well, with a failure or two(?) before being canned.


I'm more interested to see what China comes out with in terms of powered scramjets and higher speed glide vehicles in future. The tests of hypersonic boost/glide weapons with a speed of Mach 10 was almost kind of expected even back in the late 2000s with the leaks of AShBM which indicated that kind of flight profile.
 

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Furthermore HTV-2 was only tested twice before they gave up. And the US Army's much slower design? Well they quit when their booster blew up once. (Didn't even bother to wait to see if the test vehicle would work. Talk about the definition of "quitter" mentality.)


As for the "invincibility" of these kinds of vehicles, this guy was designed specifically to deal with that kind of thing:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,17791.msg248134.html#msg248134

(If only we still had people around who knew how to make it go. ::) )
 

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Hi.

One interesting paper of scholar interest:

Lateral Stability Analysis of Hypersonic Vehicle under Pressure Fluctuation by Solving Mathieu Differential Equation
Qingkai Wei, Edward Peers, Xun Huang1
1College of Engineering, Peking University
download link: http://www2.coe.pku.edu.cn/tpic/2012831144431290.pdf

This is a SCHOLAR paper from 2012 (GNC / Mineapolis) so don't fancy anything else. Just for the sake of context / history.

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https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=CN&NR=106406122A

interesting to compare to previous MARV -type vehicle renderings...
 

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http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/15828/china-shows-off-hypersonic-vehicle-test-model-after-us-navy-weapon-test
 

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flateric said:
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/15828/china-shows-off-hypersonic-vehicle-test-model-after-us-navy-weapon-test

seeing as the documentary aired on 7th October, and the Ohio PGS test news came out on 3rd November, it makes more sense to say the US test was "after" the Chinese documentary.
 

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http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-reveals-images-new-hypersonic-strike-aircraft/
 

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Grey Havoc said:
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-reveals-images-new-hypersonic-strike-aircraft/


OMG, what a gain a BS-report. If China reveals a hypersonic-concept it's immediately some sort of "hypersonic-strike-aircraft". If such models appear anywhere else it is for civil hypersonic studies.
 

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/928188/china-xi-jinping-donald-trump-us-hypersonic-spacecraft-military

The space vehicle was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia.

It reached speeds of roughly 1,715 meters per second.

The vehicle is also understood to have landed safely despite previous reports of booster rockets used to launch satellites and global positioning devices falling into people's backyards.

The test has come following warnings by US officials that China has surpassed the US in hypersonic technology,
 

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Moderators,

could this thread be supplemented with the codeword "DF-ZF" for better SEO?

Thx

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Flight eight has been conducted.

Why they are calling a boost glide vehicle a plane in this news article is anyone’s guess.

Chinese hypersonic nuclear aircraft creates plumes of light during secret test flight

Although officials in China have yet to confirm the latest round of testing, Chinese military bloggers claim the eerie phenomenon was caused by the hypersonic glide vehicle which they know as DF-ZF.

As the DF-ZF’s test launches have all been from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi province – and because no other satellite launches were reported on the day – the sightings seem to corroborate suggestions that it was indeed the plane’s eighth flight test to date.
 

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[off_topic]
I really wonder what the US and other players are actually doing, to catch up rather playing stop and go.

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