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China Makes "Technological Breakthrough" In Hypersonic Scramjet Ground-Test

As tensions rise between China and the US, and the race for hypersonic weapons heats up, the Chinese Communist Party's daily tabloid newspaper Global Times is reporting "record-breaking progress" has been made in scramjet technology to power its hypersonic weapons.

Researchers at the Institute of Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Science developed and tested new scramjet technology that resulted in a ground test that lasted 600 seconds (considered a "technological breakthrough"). Now, this far outpaced the world record of 210 seconds set by Boeing's X-51 Waverider using experimental scramjet technology to achieve hypersonic flight.

A scramjet (supersonic-combustion ramjet) is a ramjet engine in which the airflow through the engine remains supersonic. Global Times notes that developing such an engine that can operate for an extended period remains challenging because advanced heat resistant materials and cooling of the engine are needed for March 5 (>3,800 mph).

Beijing officially debuted its DF-17 hypersonic missile at the National Day military parade in October 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does the US appear to be perpetually behind the proverbial 8-ball with Russia and China when it comes to weapons advances?!?

It appears to me to be because of institutional issues between the military industrial complex, and the Pentagon.

The leaders of the military industrial complex in this country appear to believe, that by contributing heavily to both political parties, that they should be held harmless, and indemnified, if their products wind up not as competitive as those of Russia and/or China, come late to field tests, or are even antiquated by the time they are deployed, and cost dramatically more money than original projections indicated.

That perception has to be changed, and quickly, if the US is to ever get ahead of the curve in its weapons development programs.

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