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China Says Hypersonic Missiles Can be Used on Carriers – SCMP

Chinese researchers say planes on PLA aircraft carriers will be able to launch hypersonic missiles due to new “logistics technology that simplifies and speeds up repair” of missiles

Advanced US technology such as software relating to hypersonic missiles appears to have been obtained by Chinese military bodies via resellers or unscrupulous company employees.
A Chinese scientist involved in hypersonics research allegedly said that foreign tech acquired by one military research group often flows to other research bodies. Image: Canva.


Researchers for the Chinese military say planes on China’s aircraft carriers will be able to launch hypersonic weapons “thanks to a breakthrough in logistics technology that simplifies and speeds up repair” of missiles that could reach 10 times the speed of sound over a 1,000km range and be used to take out satellites, according to a report by the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.

They hoped the new technology would help their hypersonic missiles last for up to a decade, but conceded that they were more difficult to maintain, especially if exposed to ocean humidity with salt, mould and other issues, and while they had passed stringent field tests set by the military in various settings there had been no reports of them used on a carrier yet, the report said, adding that they could increase the combat range of carriers to over 2,500km – “about the distance from the east of Taiwan to Guam”.

Read the full report: South China Morning Post.





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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