China’s drive for military supremacy: Beijing’s armoury of weapons and the terrifying missiles so high-tech that they are almost impossible to stop
- China is spending huge sums to create super-fast hypersonic missiles
- It has created an army of drones and has an estimated 350 nuclear warheads
- Universities play a central role in maximising the country’s military power
China is spending huge sums to create hypersonic missiles that will go so fast (up to twenty times the speed of sound) that military chiefs believe they will be invulnerable to any form of defence.
Indeed, some analysts fear that human capability to respond to such lethal weapons will be inadequate and that the only way to protect against them would be to rely on artificial intelligence and computer systems.
Travelling several miles a second as they deliver surprise attacks within minutes of being launched, they have been described as a ‘game-changer’ for warfare.