The U.S. defense chief says China’s testing of hypersonic weapons has raised tensions in the region. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made the remarks after annual security talks with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Thursday. In July, China tested a hypersonic missile that could fly at five times the speed of sound.
Austin said the United States is concerned about China’s military capabilities and sees China as a “major challenge.” He said the United States would “continue to co-operate with itself and its allies to protect itself from a number of potential threats (from China).”
What is so special about this missile?
It is like a missile vehicle and it carries a payload (nuclear or other weapon). There are three types of missiles based on speed – subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic. Subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic missiles are five times faster than the speed of sound (6,174 km / h) or faster than the speed of sound (330 m / s).
There are two types of hypersonic missiles – hypersonic cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles. The hypersonic cruise is similar to a normal cruise missile, but with a high-speed jet engine it offers a Match-5 (five times the speed of sound) or higher. A hypersonic glide vehicle is launched into space with the help of a rocket. Currently, six countries in the world, namely the United States, Russia, China, India, France and the UK, are working on such weapons.
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