International News-Daily Digest: 2 Key Updates
1. China Successfully Tests First Experimental Superfast Aircraft
In a “technological breakthrough,” China has successfully tested its first wave rider hypersonic aircraft that can carry nuclear warheads and break through any current generation anti-missile defence system due to its high speed and “unpredictable trajectory”. The test of the Xingkong-2, or Starry Sky-2, was conducted in a target range located in northwest China. The flight vehicle reached 30 km in altitude at Mach 5.5-6, a statement by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp said.
Wave rider is a flight vehicle that flies in the atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with the air to glide at high speed, Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times.
Various parameters were proved and the flight vehicle was fully recovered, which marks the successful launch of Xingkong-2 and the first flight of a Chinese wave rider.
The wave rider is expected to be tested more frequently in future before being handed over for deployment to the People’s Liberation Army.
2. S. Restores Economic Sanctions On Iran
The U.S. phased in sanctions on Iran that it had lifted in the nuclear deal. These are meant to signal to other countries that they should stop trading with Iran or risk losing access to U.S. markets.