Great Progress in China’s Development of Aerospace BomberPosted: June 7, 2017
According to Xinhua’s report “China is developing space shuttles, having completed tests of engines, etc.” today, China is developing horizontal takeoff and landing flying vehicles for going to and back from space (which are referred to as space shuttles in the United States) and completed ground tests of quite a few key technologies including that related to its engine.
That was revealed by CASIC Vice General Manager Liu Shiquan at recent Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) in Beijing.
I speculated that to achieve the integrated space and air capabilities for both attack and defense according to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s instruction to Chinese air force, China has been developing aerospace bomber, which according to my book “Space Era Strategy: The Way China Beats The U.S.” may destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group in minutes.
The above-mentioned flying vehicle can do precisely that if large enough.
Then as the vehicle stays in space for a long time, there is the need for replacement of its crew and refilling of its fuel and supplies, especially the refilling of its missiles when it has fired all its missiles to sink an entire aircraft battle group. Liu mentions that China has been developing freight vehicle that can go to and back from space for space-ground transportation and plans to send one to space as proofing test in 2019,
National security is first priority for a country so that it is only natural that the above-mentioned vehicles will first of all be used for military purposes.
Therefore, it is not surprising the in addition, Liu mentioned in the report another system very useful for Chinese military – The integrated information network consisting of drones, near-space floating vehicles, satellites and ground application systems. The system has global coverage or enhanced regional coverage. Development of such a system is going on smoothly and it is hopeful that it will provide services around the year of 2020, Liu says.
Summary and comment by Chan Kai Yee on Xinhua’s report in Chinese.