China's New Hypersonic Missiles Could Hit Anywhere in the U.S. in Under an Hour: Chinese Experts
Tuesday - 02/01/2018 20:35
Chinese military analysts have claimed that China’s new hypersonic ballistic missile, the DF-17, could destroy U.S. defense systems by flying fast and low to evade detection.
China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fired the rockets, capable of reaching speeds of up to 7,680mph, in November. The Diplomat reported that the missiles traveled approximately 1,400km, passing through the Earth’s atmosphere at ten times the speed of sound.
And because the HGV—which stands for hypersonic glide vehicle—is able to travel at lower altitudes, U.S. defense systems will have less time to intercept it before it reaches its target.
Song Zhongping, a former member of the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps, told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) that the HGV system can be used to carry various kinds of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ones with a range of at least 5,500km.
Thet HGV warheads could also be used with the DF-41, which has a range of at least 12,000km and can hit anywhere in the U.S. in under an hour, he added.
Macau-based military expert, Antony Wong Dong, believes that HGVs could be used to successfully obliterate a U.S. anti-missile THAAD defense system.
“China’s HGVs could destroy the THAAD radar system,” Wong said. “Once the THAAD radars fail to function in the first stage, it could reduce the window to raise the alarm about the PLA’s... leaving the US without enough time to intercept.”
Zhou Chenming, a military analyst, told the SCMP that: “Compared to conventional ballistic missiles, HGVs are more complex and difficult to intercept.”
“The US, Japan and India should be worried about China’s developments in HGV technology because it can reach targets quicker and more accurately, with military bases in Japan and even nuclear reactors in India being targeted.”
China has recently increased efforts to rejuvenate the country’s military and defense force by modernizing their missiles, bombers and warships.