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Xingkong-2: China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft

China has successfully tested its first cutting-edge hypersonic "Waverider" flight vehicle (aircraft) Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2).
Xingkong-2: China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft
  • 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.
  • Currently, United States and Russia have been carrying out similar experiments.

About the Test:

  • The Xingkong-2 hypersonic waverider flight vehicle was released in air from a 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 the test, it had reached 30 kms 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 the first flight of the Chinese Waverider.

About Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2):

  • 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 both conventional and nuclear warheads.
  • It has a capability to penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems due to its high speed and unpredictable trajectory.
  • As compared to it, the current generation of anti-missile defence systems are mainly designed to intercept cruise and ballistic missiles which are either slower or easier to predict, making them possible to intercept.
  • In addition to its military use, the hypersonic Waverider flight vehicle may also see civil use in the future.

Interesting to know:

  • The test showed that China is advancing shoulder-to-shoulder with US and Russia in developing hypersonic Waverider flight vehicle.
  • China is expected to test this Waverider more frequently in future before being handed over for final deployment to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Question:

Q. What is the name of China's first cutting-edge hypersonic "Waverider" flight vehicle (aircraft) that it has successfully tested?
a. Kimkong-2 (Starry Sky-2)
b. Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2)
c. Xingjong-2 (Starry Sky-2)
d. None of the above
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