recommended reading

China's Hypersonic Glide Vehicle May Fly 10 Times Faster Than Sound

A Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, an unmanned hypersonic glider developed by DARPA.

A Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, an unmanned hypersonic glider developed by DARPA. // DARPA/AP

A developmental Chinese hypersonic vehicle could exceed the speed of sound 10 times over, the Taiwanese newspaper China Times reports.

China's Sina Military Network provided the attributed maximum flight speed of the WU-14 glide vehicle, and added that the device is designed to hit any location on earth in 60 minutes or less, according to a Sunday article in the Times.

According to the news agency based in Beijing, certain U.S. issue experts have warned of a potential for the developmental Chinese craft to increase the volatility of the Asia-Pacific region. The news outlet described the WU-14 as the Chinese military's response to hypersonic technologies under development in the United States, including the X-51A WaveRider and the SR-72 aircraft.

The United States has been pursuing a "prompt global strike" capability, potentially enabling its forces in the future to conduct non-nuclear strikes against any location on the planet in one hour or less. Key advocates of the U.S. push have said such a capability could serve as a partial alternative to nuclear weapons for hitting important time-sensitive targets.

On Friday, the U.S. Army announced plans to conduct an August test of its developmental Advanced Hypersonic Weapon. The technology is one of several technologies under development as possible components of a future U.S. prompt global strike capacity.

"Based upon the results that come from that [August] test, we'll go ahead and, again, work closely with office of the secretary of Defense as to what they would like us to do, what the next steps are," Lt. Gen. David Mann, head of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, said in comments reported in a Friday news article by the service.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.