The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Chinese researchers say a secret wind tunnel facility allows the country’s hypersonic programme to avoid costly mistakes during airborne testing. Photo: China Central Television
The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Chinese researchers say a secret wind tunnel facility allows the country’s hypersonic programme to avoid costly mistakes during airborne testing. Photo: China Central Television
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China’s secret wind tunnel is key to testing hypersonic missiles and avoiding airborne mistakes: paper

  • Researchers reveal the essential role of a hidden test facility in China’s advanced programme but its name, location and how long it has run remain classified
  • Test failures have dogged the US mission to have an operational hypersonic weapon

The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Chinese researchers say a secret wind tunnel facility allows the country’s hypersonic programme to avoid costly mistakes during airborne testing. Photo: China Central Television
The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Chinese researchers say a secret wind tunnel facility allows the country’s hypersonic programme to avoid costly mistakes during airborne testing. Photo: China Central Television
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