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Friday, July 21, 2017

China Looking to Join the Race for Hypersonic Planes and Missiles

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A Chinese military expert says China should develop counter technologies after the U.S. and Australia jointly tested at least one flight for their Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HiFIRE) program.

As a major power, China should carry out research on hypersonic technology and invest sufficient capital and energy in the development of counter technologies, the expert explained.

According to the website Nextbigfuture, the program had at least one successful hypersonic flight at Woomera testing range in South Australia last week. The experiments were concluded on July 12, confirmed Australian Defense Minister, Marise Payne.


The report described HiFIRE 4 as a free-flying hypersonic glider designed to travel at Mach 8.

BAE Systems Australia, one of the researchers of the program, claimed in a statement that "the successful flight trial [was] the most complex of all HIFiRE flights conducted to date."

The $54 million joint initiative involves the US Air Force, Boeing, the Australian Department of Defense's Defense Science and Technology Group, BAE Systems Australia, and the University of Queensland.


As a matter of fact, the flight is just a small part of the whole HiFIRE program. The University of Queensland is involved in three flights in the program. These tests will be known as HyShot, V, VI and VII.

HiFIRE is just the tip of the iceberg of the huge hypersonic research work by the U.S., said the military expert. The U.S. has conducted many experiments on hypersonic vehicles including unmanned research scramjet aircraft X-51, Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) and the crewless experimental hypersonic glide vehicle rocket glider, Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.

Credit to sputniknews.com

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