Sunday, August 30, 2015

China Wants To Build Their Own SR-71 Spyplane

Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest: Is China Getting Ready to Develop the World's Fastest Plane?

China’s military over the last twenty years has worked at breakneck speed to develop weapons platforms that have created a certain amount of concern in capitals all over Asia and in Washington. And if reports prove correct, Beijing might be able to add one more military marvel to its list of accomplishments—the world’s fastest plane.

According to various reports, China is planning to develop a domestically crafted turbofan ramjet engine. Such an engine—at least in theory—could be the foundation for a jet faster than the legendary U.S. SR-71 spyplane, the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, retired in the late 1990s.

WNU Editor: China still has a long way to go before being able to accomplish such an engineering feat .... but they are clearly stating their intentions right now.


Hope for the West said...

If they make a plane truly like the SR-71, I doubt it would be a true asset to their military-satellites are far more effective for reconnaissance. Their true gain would be in the "byproduct" research from such a technological feat. Faster, longer-ranged craft carrying precision ordinance could project Chinese power in the same way the USAF projects American power through extremely long range combat craft, tankers, etc.

Jay Farquharson said...

WNU Editor,

Tip for you,

Try not to laugh too hard at what passes for analysis.