Why this new Chinese hypersonic drone would be bad news for the US Navy?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — In the aftermath of the military parade in Beijing on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Military Watch magazine paid particular attention to the WZ-8 hypersonic drones and described them as bad news for the US Navy.

The DF-41 hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile has attracted most attention among the new weapons systems unveiled by Beijing during the Tiananmen Square parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the end of the war in this country.

But it may be the hypersonic surveillance UAVs WZ-8 that will have the greatest impact on the future capabilities of the Chinese military, reports the magazine Military Watch.

According to it, the DF-41 could have been in service in the Chinese army since 2017 and although it could route nuclear warheads at a greater distance, in larger quantities and with greater reliability than these predecessors, it represents an upgrade of an already existing capability of the traditional nuclear triad.

An entirely new weapon

The WZ-8, on the other hand, is an entirely new and unique weapon, not only for the Chinese military, but worldwide, a weapon that is able to multiply the capabilities of many new weapons systems. Chinese tactics.

“Until now, it was not known if such a system was actually used around the world. It is only notorious that in the United States a program is currently underway, which is to develop a similar surveillance drone under the SR-72 program, “says Military Watch.

Its mission resembles that of the Soviet MiG-25

The review notes that the WZ-8, like the US A-12s and SR-71s, the Soviet MiG-25Rs and the current US SR-72 program, is intended to fly at extreme speeds and altitudes at above the enemy territory to provide both general information and target data.

The WZ-8 is, according to the media, “bad news for the US Navy.”

Benefiting from a lot of data from Chinese satellites, the WZ-8 is supposed to provide Beijing with a secure intelligence gathering and targeting system. He would be able to fly at maximum speeds between Mach 6 and Mach 7, which means it is almost impossible to shoot him down.

It can guide heavy missiles even if Chinese satellites are decommissioned, which would make it possible to strike against American airborne groups, the review points out.

“Although the WZ-8 is not an attack aircraft, it serves to significantly reduce the survivability of US warships and significantly complicate the operations of the US Navy in East Asia,” he said.


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