A computer simulation shows A Russian Avangard hypersonic vehicle manoeuvring to bypass missile defences en route to target. Photo: AP

France joins race to develop ‘hypersonic’ weapons, after China, Russia and US

  • France has carried out studies on propulsion systems for hypersonic flights as part of a revamp of its nuclear arsenal
  • It would be the fourth of the five permanent UN Security Council members to join the so-called ‘stealth by speed’ contest
Topic |   Defence

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A computer simulation shows A Russian Avangard hypersonic vehicle manoeuvring to bypass missile defences en route to target. Photo: AP
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The PLA Rocket Force launched at least one DF-26 missile during the exercise in northwest China. Photo: Weibo

China releases footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 ballistic missile in ‘clear message to the US’

  • Next-generation missile with improved stability and accuracy launched during military exercise
  • Analyst says it’s a bid ‘to reinforce the notion that the PLA has the capability to sink US carriers and inflict unacceptable damage on American forces’
Topic |   China military

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The PLA Rocket Force launched at least one DF-26 missile during the exercise in northwest China. Photo: Weibo
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