New ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles and make them hypersonic

China’s developing a hypersonic weapon that has triple the range of existing Chinese air-to-air missiles. The premise: a ramjet engine that can turn already deadly missiles into weapons that have greater range, maneuverability, and speed.

In a May 31 report, the Science and Technology Daily announced that the 4th Research Institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has twice successfully tested a ramjet engine aimed to power air-to-air missiles.

Song said the ramjet engine could more than triple the range of Chinese BVRAAMs. The PL-12’s range, for example, could increase from 62 miles to over nearly 200 miles. If so, this would be a key factor in any future conflicts, as CASC ramjet engine would be both faster and longer-ranged than most BVRAAM (beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile) rocket engines like the AIM-120 AMRAAN and PL-12, which have a top speed of about Mach 4.

Long range missiles would be a threat to US AWACS and refueling tankers.

AWACS and refueling are critical parts of the US air force. No refueling means half the combat range and no AWACS means targeting is crippled.

Long-range threat even to stealth fighters and bombers.

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  1. Did China test the a commercial airliner (C929) on the JF-12 (mach 5 to mach 9 ) wind tunnel? There is a rumor that Saudi Arabia invested 7 billion dollars for the J-31B with WS-15 engines.Saudi Arabia wants to joint manufacture the stealth FC-31B (400) like Pakistan JF-17 assemble at Kamra,Pakistan.China 6th generation the stealth J-28 will come on line .The ramjet engine is based on Wang Zhenguo turbo-scram jet engine.

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