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In a "technological breakthrough", China has successfully tested its first wave rider hypersonic aircraft that can carry nuclear warheads and break through any current generation anti-missile defence system due to its high speed and "unpredictable trajectory". It can reportedly carry nuclear warheads and break past anti-missile defence systems now in use the world over. Numerous reports in the Chinese media have said that Beijing desires to be at par with the United States and Russian Federation when it comes to military might and prowess.

It flew independently, made large-angle turning manoeuvres and landed in the targeted area as planned.

Chinese observers say any solid-propellant rocket has the potential to launch such a wave-rider, carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads, or a wave-rider can simply use its own enormous kinetic energy to hit and destroy a target.

During its independent flight, Xingkong-2 - designed by China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics reached an altitude of 30 kilometres at Mach 5.5.

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The wave rider is expected to be tested more frequently in future before being handed over for deployment to the People's Liberation Army, he said. Defense systems now in use by militaries around the world can only intercept incoming missiles flying at low speeds and whose trajectories are easy to predict.

China, Russia and the United States are in an arms race to develop super-fast manoeuvrable warheads capable of defeating defences.

"If the hypersonic technology matures, it may see other applications including industrial transport", the expert said.

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