CHINA - New Ballistic Weapon Flies Under Radar

Arno Froese

The hypersonic glide vehicle may pose a challenge to existing defense systems.

A US government source told The Diplomat that China has conducted flight tests of a missile equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). Two tests of the HGV, a model known as the DF-17, took place in November and China is understood to have conducted a number of other tests of experimental HGVs throughout 2014 and 2016. The DF-17 is thought to have a range of between 1,800 and 2,500 kilometers and represents a new kind of weapon system, one that the US and Russia are also developing.

HGVs are similar to traditional ballistic missile systems in that they can deliver a payload, be it conventional or nuclear, to a distant target. But HGVs fly at lower altitudes than typical ballistic missiles, meaning existing missile defense systems might initially miss them since those defense systems typically scan higher altitudes. There’s a functional tradeoff, however, because when HGVs start to descend, they fly much slower than traditional ballistic missiles. Some defense systems will likely be able to take HGVs into account with a few upgrades. However, countries with less developed defense technology might not be able to deal with this new type of weapon as easily.

The source told The Diplomat that the DF-17 is expected to be put into operation in 2020., 1 January 2018

Arno's commentary

What is the reason for this sophisticated weaponry? The given one is always the same: defending one’s national security. But then one may ask the question: who is threatening you? The only potential nation which comes to mind is isolationist North Korea. It stands to reason that using nuclear weapons would mean the end of the existence of that nation.

So, why do nations so desperately, and at immense cost, develop destructive weapons? To give an answer is virtually impossible, history has shown. For example, we know that Germany was one of the first countries to call their military machine Wehrmacht; in plain English, “defense power.” Yet it was that nation which was the major cause of the most destructive war in history: World War II. It is of interest that most nations operated a “War Department,” but have since changed it to “Department of Defense.”

So, what’s the bottom line? People will continue to kill one another, beginning with Cain killing his brother Abel. It is of interest to read Revelation 6:4: “And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” Many Bible scholars interpret this to be in the future. However, one cannot deny the fact that since Cain killed Abel, man has not ceased to kill, and peace has never existed on planet earth since our first parents Adam and Eve were banished from the real peace, which was paradise.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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