China successfully tested its first leading-technology hypersonic “Waverider” flight vehicle (aircraft) Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2).
Waverider is a flight vehicle that flies in the atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with air to glide at high speed.
The Xingkong-2 hypersonic waverider flight vehicle was released in air from the rocket after about 10 minutes.
After its launch, it flew independently, made large-angle turning maneuvers and landed in the targeted area as planned.
During Xingkong-2 hypersonic waverider flight test had reached 30 km in altitude at Mach 5.5-6 speed. The test successfully proved various parameters of the flight vehicle, thus marking a successful launch of Xingkong-2 and first flight of Chinese waverider.
At present, the United States and Russia have been carrying out similar experiments.
The hypersonic waverider flight vehicle was designed by state-run China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) in collaboration with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
It can carry can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. It has the capability to penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems due to its high speed and unpredictable trajectory.