China is spending huge sums to create missiles with speeds up to 20 times the speed of sound, as some analysts fear that the human capacity to respond to such lethal weapons will not be enough and that the only way to protect them is to rely on artificial intelligence and computer systems.
And the new Chinese missiles can launch to several miles in a few seconds, and are characterized by their ability to launch surprise attacks within minutes, which would change the “rules of the game” for wars, in case they were subjected to any attack, according to locals.
Although America also has “Star Wars”-like weapons under development, General John E. Hayton, commander of the US Strategic Command, told a Senate committee three years ago that Chinese weapons were “directed against us.”
Such missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, would direct precise attacks against people, vehicles, and buildings, which would ignite the concerns of several countries, including the United States, according to a report by the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
To test such weapons, the Beijing government said 3 years ago that it was building a wind tunnel that simulated conditions at 25 times the speed of sound.
A contractor said it conducted a 6-minute test flight of a hypersonic missile.
This is a revolutionary material with enormous defense and manufacturing potential, the thinnest and lightest material known to man, that conducts heat and absorbs light and is 200 times stronger than steel, as it was invented by researchers in 2004 at the University of Manchester, and Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an official visit to their laboratory.
Among its military applications are the coating of ballistic missiles, wiring in hypersonic vehicles exposed to high temperatures, vehicle camouflage, and protective armor for soldiers.
Chinese reports indicate that the Z-10 attack helicopter was equipped with a graphene shield, which was developed at the Beijing Institute of Aviation Materials.
The institute has relations with 3 universities in Britain, cooperating with two centers specialized in researching the use of graphene in the aerospace industry.
For its part, Chinese media reported that there are plans to use graphene paint in military installations on artificial islands built in the South China Sea, an area where Beijing has controversially deployed Jin-class ballistic missile submarines armed with nuclear missiles.
One of the most recent trends in China is the creation of a surveillance state that seeks to control 1.4 billion citizens by continuously monitoring their movements, as people are tracked through a huge network of street cameras, facial recognition technologies, biometric data, official records, and artificial intelligence, as well as monitoring online activities. Like regular things like shopping and take-out habits.
A large part of the network is developed by a state-owned company, which supports the work of 4 Chinese universities with ties to 7 British universities.
As part of President Xi’s bid to achieve China’s global supremacy, he used the so-called “military-civilian integration” strategy that involves universities playing a central role in maximizing the country’s military might.
China’s constitution also states that all new technologies, even if privately developed, must, by law, be shared with the People’s Liberation Army.
The main research institution is the National University of Defense Technology, in Hunan, which is controlled by the military and specializes in hypersonic, unmanned aircraft, supercomputers, radar, and navigation systems.
It has links with 8 British universities, including official collaborations with a world-famous teaching bench.
Eight other British universities have ties to the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which spends 60 percent of its research budget on defense activities.
The Beijing government is developing swarms of “suicide” drones to fly in the sky while locating their targets – while communicating with each other and coordinating their movements without any human intervention.
This marks the next era of robotic warfare, in which autonomous weapons replace existing drones that must be pre-programmed or remotely controlled.
The United States and Israel are also working on such technology, while Britain also tested a squadron of 20 drones last month with sorties from the RAF.
Advanced technology uses computer algorithms, often modeled on biological studies of insects and fish, to create unmanned autonomous swarms.
In total, China is estimated to have 350 nuclear warheads, including 204 long-range missiles launched from ground-based launchers, 48 on submarines, and 20 “gravity bombs” dropped from aircraft.
A recent Pentagon report warned that Beijing, in its quest to catch up with Russia and the United States, plans to double its nuclear arsenal over the next decade as part of President Xi’s drive toward global dominance.
Many of these weapons are being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, a massive state-owned conglomerate with links to at least five British universities.