Fearing that too many of its vaunted new missiles won’t work, China must vastly increase the number of test launches before putting new weapons into mass production.
Insufficient testing has caused “problems of poor equipment delivery and unstable quality,” according to Chinese scientists writing in the Chinese defense journal Aero Weaponry (English translation here).
The study comes amid U.S. fears that China is ahead of America in hypersonic missile technology, including the recent launch of a Chinese hypersonic glider that partially orbited the Earth like a satellite before reentering the atmosphere.
Yet the Chinese study presents a gloomier picture of Beijing’s missile prowess. There should be at least 15 successful test launches before deciding whether to manufacture a missile, the study recommended. Weapons …