China is building a hypersonic aircraft which will be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and travel at a tremendous speed of 12 kilometers per second, which means it will be able to reach the shores of the United States of America within 14 minutes.
Set to be the world’s fastest hypersonic facility by the year 2020, the carrier will be tested in ‘wind tunnel’ that China is building.
The carrier can travel at speeds Mach 5 and Mach 10, which is around five to ten times the speed of sound. The vehicles could be used to deliver missiles, including nuclear weapons, to around the world within minutes of launch.
Dr Zhao Wei, a senior scientist working on China’s secretive new tunnel said that it will be up and running by 2020.
China and the United States of America are involved in a sort of ‘hypersonic race,’ professor Wu Dafang told the SCMP. Dafang, who specialises in hypersonic heat shields, is a researcher at Beihang University in Beijing.