Washington is concerned about hypersonic missile technology and its potential military applications by China and Russia, a U.S. arms control official said on Monday, after a media report that Beijing had tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide weapon.
Hypersonic weapons are usually defined as missiles that fly more than five times the speed of sound, and a race is under way for the next generation of long-range weapons that are harder to detect and intercept.
The Financial Times, quoting five people familiar with the matter, said at the weekend that China had tested a weapon in August that flew through space and circled the globe before cruising down towards a target which it missed.
To date the lazy trope of China is that they are good at stealing technology and back engineering whatever they steal.
This news that they successfully tested a hypersonic missile has stunned America by suggesting they have leap frogged their technology.
This in the wake of China’s successful dark side of the moon launch and incredible advancement in quantum computing suggests that China’s communism can beat Americas private military industrial complex.
America spends half a trillion more each year on their military than China dies so to have China leap frogging Western technology will have enormous ramifications.
AUKUS is being built on the belief that 8 nuclear subs will become hypersonic missile platforms against China but that’s not operational until 2040, China gaining that technology now will terrify America.
Where America does have dominance is in AI and the fear of China gaining hypersonic missile advantage will drive an AI response.
Hypersonic missiles are so dangerous because they move at a speed faster than human response times, the counter solution to that military advantage is AI defense systems that react in Nano seconds to counter strike hypersonic missiles.
Of course the danger of AI defense systems is spelt out in the Terminator movie series.
Building a real world Skynet doesn’t fill me with much optimism.
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