For Multi-Mode Attacks, Boron-Powered Chinese Missile Will Work In the Air As Well As Underwater

By: | September 19th, 2022

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Chinese are developing a boron-powered supersonic missile that works in both air and water. This innovative missile can not only fly like a commercial airliner but also act as a torpedo in the water. Not only that, its range and speed will be much larger than any conventional torpedo. 

The missile is 16-4 feet (5 m) tall. It can cruise at a rate of 2.5 times the speed of sound at an altitude of 10,000 m (32,800 ft). After traveling for a distance of 124 miles (200 km), it will dive and skim across the water for up to 12 miles (20 km) to avoid detection. 

This anti-ship missile is invincible 

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), this missile is so fast that no existing ship defense system can defeat it.

When it is about 10 km (6.2 miles) from its target, it will go into torpedo mode. It then travels underwater at the speed of 200 knots (100 m per second). The missile’s supercavitation ability helps in reducing drag by traveling in a bubble of air to maintain speeds up to 100 m/sec (224 mph/360 km/h).

Not only this, the missile can even change its course or crash-dive up to 330 feet (100 m) to evade underwater defenses without losing its momentum.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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