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Saturday, June 13, 2015

China Conducts Fourth Test of Wu-14 Strike Vehicle

China this week carried out the fourth test of an ultra high-speed nuclear delivery vehicle that conducted what intelligence officials say were extreme maneuvers.

The test of the Wu-14 hypersonic strike vehicle was carried out Sunday, launched atop a ballistic missile fired from a test facility in western China.

It was the fourth successful test of the Wu-14 in the past 18 months and the frequency of tests is being viewed by U.S. intelligence analysts as an indicator of the high priority placed on developing the weapon by the Chinese.

Earlier tests took place last year on Jan. 9, Aug. 7, and Dec. 2. The Washington Free Beacon first reported the tests.

The new strike vehicle is considered a high-technology strategic weapon capable of delivering nuclear or conventional warheads while traveling on the edge of space. One of its key features is the ability to maneuver to avoid U.S. missile defenses.

The Wu-14 was assessed as traveling up to 10 times the speed of sound, or around 7,680 miles per hour.

Unlike earlier tests, the latest test demonstrated what one official called “extreme maneuvers” that appeared to analysts designed for penetrating through missile defense systems.

Current U.S. missile defenses are limited to knocking out missiles and their warheads with predictable ballistic trajectories that can be tracked with relative ease by satellite sensors and ground and sea radar.

However, the Wu-14 threatens to neutralize U.S. strategic missile defenses with the unique capability of flying at ultra high speeds and maneuvering to avoid detection and tracking by radar and missile defense interceptors.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has repeatedly declined to comment on whether current U.S. missile defenses can defeat maneuvering targets.



Anonymous said...

So what ? We don't have a military , so what can we do but accept what's going on.
Maybe this will be the start of our civil uprising.

Anonymous said...

I'm with 10:39. Might as well just sit back and watch the devastation. A special thank you to all the peace loving, honk for peace, piece of crap, bleeding heart liberals!

Anonymous said...

So what do you think if Iran has access to this weapon??? It's know time to start standing up for what's right and protect our country and the free world. If this means war, then we must start now because everyday wasted is a day we will never get back! Our leader does not understand history because it's happening all over again as evidenced by the history of the 1030's and 40's! Wei need a true patriotic leader who will not lead thru appeasement but will led thru strength and commitment. This lying, cowardly president needs to go and go as quickly as possibly! He is a destroyer and will ultimately destroy this nation thru his weakness and socialist beliefs! WAKE UP AMERICA!!