missile defense systems

China Tests Its First Hypersonic Nuclear-Capable Warplane

Chinese officials claim to have conducted a successful flight test for their first hypersonic bomber, the nuclear-capable Xingkong-2. Hypersonic planes and missiles move so fast they are difficult to detect and nearly impossible to intercept with current technology.

Starry Sky-2 is a hypersonic flight vehicle developed in northwest China. Picture: China Academy of Aerospace AerodynamicsSource:Supplied

Japan Aims 1,000-Kilometer Radar System at Korean Peninsula and China

Japanese media reported on Tuesday that the Defense Ministry is purchasing Lockheed Martin’s advanced Solid State Radar upgrade for Japan’s Aegis Ashore missile defense system. The SSR has an effective range of 1,000 kilometers, making it even more sensitive than the fabled Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system installed in South Korea.

The Associated Press