The new hypersonic glider
, called the Avangard, which Russia claims can travel 20 times as fast as the speed of sound, is the type of weapon that the Pentagon has also been working on.
China has been working on its hypersonic technology and conducted seven successful test flights in March of the hypersonic glider
WU-14, which reached speeds of up to Mach 10.
The Chinese appear to be testing a hypersonic glider that could defeat that by maneuvering as it closes in on its target.
Such a system would presumably knock a rocket out before it deploys a hypersonic glider.
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Test Fails as PLA [People's Liberation Army] Trials Nuclear Weapons Delivery System," South China Morning Post, 22 August 2014, http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article /1578756/chinas-second-test-nuclear-armed-hypersonic-glider-fails?page=all.
a hypersonic glider to deliver a conventional payload, but could be
system appeared to be the leading contender for the hypersonic glider
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said the Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic glider
was launched in the early hours, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
LOS ANGELES, Ramadan 11, 1432, Aug 11, 2011, SPA -- An unmanned hypersonic glider
developed for U.S.
The reusable hypersonic glider
will lift off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va., and then more than an hour later, be recovered in the Atlantic Ocean.
However, it has left open the option of deploying the systems at sea, so that as it develops both the booster and the hypersonic glider technologies, it can pursue technologies that will reduce the cost and risk of the program even if they come with a reduced range.
Like the HTV-2, the AHW would use a hypersonic glider to deliver a conventional payload, but could be deployed on a booster with a shorter range than HTV-2 and, therefore, may need to be deployed forward, on land or at sea.