Hypersonic Race Heats Up

China's Starry Sky Hypersonic Wave Rider
 Starry Sky


China just successfully tested its hypersonic aircraft, the XingKong-2, Starry Sky.  It reportedly can travel 6-times the speed of sound at Mach 6.  Within a few days, the US Air Force ordered more hypersonic weapons from Lockheed Martin -  the 2nd order this year.  The global hypersonic arms race is intensely heating up.

Hypersonic Competitors
Russia, China and the US are trying to dominate in hypersonic delivery systems and weapons that travel 5 and 6 times the speed of sound.  Some military experts believe the Starry Sky can evade existing missile defense systems and potentially carry both conventional and nuclear payloads.  They don't expect it to be weaponized for 3 to 5 years. USAF Secretary Heather Walker wants to get hypersonic capability to our military as soon as possible.

Starry Sky Hypersonic Tech
Starry Sky is an experimental hypersonic wave rider that accelerates to Mach 6.  It rides the shock waves generated during its supersonic flight.  The big concern is that its speed and unpredictable flight trajectories make it very difficult for existing missile defense systems to intercept it.  Clearly,this is the beginning of a very big hypersonic tech race.