The report published in South China Morning Post about China’s new missile will be a threat to India, Japan, and the US. The report came after The Diplomat magazine from Tokyo reported about China’s test of a new ‘Hypersonic glide vehicle’ (HGV) which is also known as DF-17. This new Hypersonic Missile will be able to hit military targets in the US, Japan, and India as well.
China conducted two tests of the ballistic missile. The first test was conducted on November 1 and the second one two weeks later from November 1, this has been reported by US intelligence sources. As per the sources, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force conducted these two tests of the missile.
The US intelligence sources revealed, the tests carried out by China were successful and the DF-17 could be operational by around 2020.
However, talking about these tests, the spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang declined this report by stating that the Defence Minister should be approached for information on this. The tests were performed successfully and DF-17 could be operational by 2020.
The Hypersonic glide vehicles (HGVs) that were tested successfully are a rocket launched, unmanned, maneuverable aircraft with the capacity to glide through the atmosphere of Earth at quite fast speeds.
The new HGV can travel at much higher speed, less trackable trajectories in lower altitudes as compared to a conventional ballistic missile. The new tested missile got launched from the Jiuquan launch center in Inner Mongolia. During the trial, it flew about 1,400 km.
Chinese state media first reported on the country’s HGV technology in October, with footage of the system in a hypersonic wind tunnel in various arrays.
Zhou Chenmimg, Beijing based military analyst considered HGV technology as a part of their nuclear strategy, “Compared to conventional ballistic missiles, HGVs are more complex and difficult to intercept.”
He told to South China Morning Post, “The US, Japan, and India should be worried about China’s developments in HGV technology because it can reach targets quicker and more accurately, with military bases in Japan and even nuclear reactors in India being targeted.”
DF-17 was one of the several iterations of glider systems developed by the PLA, stated by Chinese military specialist. On the other hand, as per a former member of the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps named Song Zhongping, DF-17 was the weaponized model of DF-ZF prototype. Song who is currently a military commentator for Hong Kong’s Phoenix Television stated that the HGV system can be used with various types of ballistic missiles, which include an intercontinental ballistic missile, in which the distance is at least 5,500 kilometers.
Also, Antony Wong Dong, a Macau-based military observer while talking another HGV said, it could also target and destroy a US anti-missile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence). This is the same system which has been developed by South Korea to prevent war attack from North Korea.
Wong said, “China’s HGVs could destroy the THAAD radar system if there is a war between the two countries.” He continued saying, “Once the THAAD radar fails to function in the first stage, it could reduce the window to raise the alarm about the PLA’s ICBMs leaving the US without enough time to intercept.”