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China to attach terrifying LASER GUN to hypersonic missiles to make them even faster by blasting path through the air

CHINA is to attach terrifying laser guns to its hypersonic missiles to make them even faster by blasting a path through the air, says a report.

Space experts in Beijing boast their advanced technology cuts air resistance, so missiles can strike enemy targets sooner in the race to have a “world class military” by 2050.

China is crafting a special hypersonic vehicle-mounted laser gun to make its defence-dodging hypersonic nuke missiles even faster and more accurate, says Newsweek.

These can unclog airflow in front of China's missiles and warplanes - by blasting their path with a special laser device.

Boffins at military institute, the Space Engineering University, hope to boost the effectiveness, power, speed and devastating impact of China's hypersonic missiles.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) affiliated institute has come up with a device which cuts air resistance, thus easing their missiles' lethal path.

These laser guns create a 'hot core' of teardrop-shaped air plasma in front of hypersonic military vehicles to make them more aerodynamic.

The hot core in turn alters the distribution of speed and pressure as the missile or vehicle flies through the air.

This then changes the shock wave before missiles or warplanes as they speed at more than five times the speed of sound ('Mach 5').

Air resistance was reduced by more than 70 per cent as a result, the research found.

"Laser plasma drag reduction technology is of great significance for hypersonic aircraft drag reduction and thermal insulation, and improves aircraft performance," said experts Shi Jilin and Wang Diankai.


Newsweek explains: "As weapons in flight approach the sound barrier, air resistance creates a shock wave at the nose of the craft, greatly increasing drag and surface heating.

"A teardrop-shaped plasma deposited by a laser device in front of the hypersonic vehicle acts in opposite directions to modify the structure of the shock wave, altering the distribution of speed and pressure."

Shi and Wang said that China is currently developing a laser powerful and small enough to be fitted in front of a hypersonic weapon.

Their findings come as America's Congressional Research Service this month published a report on hypersonic weapons.

It said that the US "has actively pursued the development of hypersonic weapons - manoeuvring weapons that fly at speeds of at least Mach 5 - as part of its global strike programme since the early 2000s.

"This is due, in part, to advances in these technologies in Russia and China, leading to a heightened focus in the US on the strategic threat posed by hypersonic flight.

"Most US hypersonic weapons programmes, in contrast to those in Russia and China, are not being designed for use with a nuclear warhead.

"China has demonstrated a growing interest in Russian advances in hypersonic weapons technology, conducting flight tests of a hypersonic-glide vehicle (HGV) only days after Russia tested its own system."

China has a growing interest in Russian advances in hypersonic weapons technology.

US Congressional Research Service

The Sun Online recently reported how China is building up a terrifying arsenal of weapons including hypersonic missiles that travel so fast they are impossible to stop.

The country’s President Xi Jinping has made modernising the armed forces a key priority and wants it to have a “world class military” by 2050 capable of matching the United States.

And universities are playing a central role in maximising the country's military clout.

The Chinese constitution stipulates that all new technologies, even if developed by the private sector, must be shared with the military.

It comes as Britain's next fighter plane could be armed with lasers designed to zap hypersonic missiles out of the sky.

Sixth generation warplanes dubbed "Tempest" are being developed by Britain in a joint effort between the Royal Air Force and Italian Air Force.

General Enzo Vecciarelli, Italy’s military chief of staff, suggested the plane will “probably be the future” when it comes to defending against hypersonic weapons.

Hypersonic missiles can fly at speeds over Mach 5 - around 4,000mph - and are being developed by Russia, China, the US and even North Korea.

Vecciarelli made the prediction at a Rome seminar on missiles where he claimed that the directed-energy weapons would be a “game changer” because it would inflict “devastating” damage on foes.

He added: “There will be a large amount of energy available and I don’t rule out the use of directed energy against missiles of the latest generation, including hypersonic missiles.”

According to Defense News, the weapon could be furthered develop from work that is already being undertaken on a UK laser program known as Dragonfire.

Forming part of a UK-led future fighter program, the likes of Italy, BAE Systems and the RAF are working together to assess the feasibility of building an airborne laser for Tempest.

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