Russia is ahead of many world countries in the field of the latest weapons, which are already on the balance sheet of the Aerospace and Naval Forces of the Russian Federation. Hypersonic developments in other countries are still in the stage of flight tests, which may last for several more years. Military expert Igor Korotchenko told about this to NewInform.
The American media, citing a source in the US government, reported on a series of secret flight tests of an aeroballistic missile by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) missile forces. The new Chinese missile will be ready for deployment by 2025, the source said.
In addition to China, Russia has aeroballistic missiles. In particular, the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system has a speed of the order of Mach 10 (the Mach number is equal to the speed of sound). The missile is capable of penetrating all existing enemy anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems. The complex is capable of delivering to the target at a distance of up to two thousand km. nuclear and conventional warheads. The modernized fighter-interceptors are equipped with "daggers" today, they can hit aircraft carriers, destroyers and cruisers.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Yuri Borisov said that the hypersonic missiles of the "Dagger" system, which are equipped with modernized fighter-interceptors, can hit enemy aircraft carriers, destroyers and cruisers. According to Borisov, this high-precision weapon has a multifunctional warhead that allows it to work on stationary and moving targets.
US intelligence officers found out that the first tests of the Chinese air-launched ballistic missile took place at the end of 2016, the last at the beginning of 2018. During two tests, the rocket was launched from a licensed copy of the Soviet Tu-16 jet bomber, which has the ability to refuel in the air.
This aircraft, according to experts, has a combat radius of about six thousand km. The Americans suggest that the Chinese model is a two-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile with a range of up to 3,000 km. Such tactical characteristics will allow her to reach US territory.
Director of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAMTO), military expert Igor Korotchenko said that Russia does not consider China as its military adversary.
“Therefore, to say that Beijing“ will give us an answer ”is at least inappropriate. In this case, the Chinese military-industrial complex is developing its own hypersonic technologies. This country has the potential and financial resources for this. Work in the field of hypersound development is carried out not only by Chinese specialists, but also by the United States and other European countries, ”the source said.
According to Korotchenko, Russia is currently ahead of all the countries mentioned in terms of the development of ballistic missiles.
“Already today, the Kinzhal missiles for the Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the Zircon missiles for the Russian Navy have been adopted and are available. These are working models of weapons. As for the Chinese and American developments, they are still in the stage of flight tests, which can last at least a few more years, ”the military expert said.
Korotchenko stressed that China is not a potential enemy for Russia. The Chinese military will use their developments to contain and counter the United States in the Pacific region.
“Moreover, Washington has already announced that America will deploy its short- and medium-range missiles in order to keep China at gunpoint,” concluded the director of TSAMTO.
Official Beijing does not confirm the information about the tests, but if they were actually carried out, this means that the Chinese army can significantly strengthen its position in creating the A2AD restricted zone (the concept of containing the enemy with a complex of weapons by creating an increased danger for the deployment or movement of enemy forces in protected area).