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J. Krishna Moorthi:

China’s new “hypersonic” basaltic missiles will not only challenge the defenses of the U.S. but also be able to more accurately hit military targets in Japan and India, a media report said on Tuesday.

The report in the South China morning post comes after Tokyo- based The Diplomat magazine reported that China’s rocket forces conducted two tests late last year of a new “hypersonic glide vehicle” or HGV, known as the DF -17.

Citing US intelligence sources. The Diplomat last month reported that the people’s Liberation Army rocket force carried out the first test on November first and the second one two weeks later.

Both tests were successful and DF-17 could be operational by around 2020, the US intelligence sources quoted as saying. Asked about the two tests, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to react saying the defense ministry should be approached for information on this. HGV’s are unmanned rocket-launched maneuverable aircraft that glide and “skip” through the earth atmosphere at fast speeds.

Compared to a conventional ballistic system, HGV warheads can travel at much higher speeds, lower attitudes and less -trackable trajectories. The approach leaves defense system less time to intercept the warhead before it drops its payload.The DF-17 test missiles flew about 1400 km during the trail, The Diplomat reported. “Compared to conventional ballistic missile HGV are more complex and difficult to intercept,” Zhou told the South China Morning Post.

It was a surprise China on Tuesday defended Pakistan saying the world community should acknowledge it’s all-weather ally’s “outstanding contribution” to counter terrorism, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad for providing safe havens to terrorists. One of the earlier articles, what we titled “China a duplicity nation threaten to both US and India,” the realistic fact, comes true after China is defending Pakistan.


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