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China shows off its secret to increasing the power of hypersonic weapons

China shows off its secret to increasing the power of hypersonic weapons 3

China shows off its secret to increasing the power of hypersonic weapons

In a paper published last week in the journal Electronics and Engineering Systems, professors Xian Yong and Li Bangjie of the Chinese military’s Missile Engineering College proposed using artificial intelligence (AI) to write

Two experts say this will help hypersonic weapons become smarter and have more autonomy, even if the operator does not know how they operate after launch, while also helping to increase accuracy.

The missile’s guidance software is normally installed and adjusted at the factory.

From left, DF-17 hypersonic missile, DF-16 short-range ballistic missile, DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile, DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile and long-range ballistic missile

Whether a hypersonic weapon can hit a target after traveling hundreds or thousands of kilometers depends on accurately determining its position, while performing complex maneuvers at the same time.

At hypersonic speeds, missile parts can get so hot that they break air molecules and form a plasma coating on the outside of the warhead.

This causes hypersonic missiles to rely on integrated inertial sensors such as quartz accelerometers and laser gyroscopes for guidance, but they can only estimate position.

Experts Xian and Li said physical impact with sensors during the assembly, transportation and routine maintenance of hypersonic weapons is inevitable.

Two experts believe that the installation process at the production site can be eliminated if AI is applied to hypersonic weapons.

The AI will operate immediately after launch and before the hypersonic weapon reaches extremely high speeds, calculating the position using GPS signals or the Bac Dau system, then comparing it with data from sensors and assessing the situation.

China shows off its secret to increasing the power of hypersonic weapons

What is a hypersonic weapon?

The power to penetrate all shields of hypersonic weapons.

During simulated flight, the AI-generated control algorithm undergoes thousands of refinements during the early stages of flight, with all information processed on an Intel Xeon CPU.

Experts Xian and Li said the speed of processors used in China’s hypersonic weapons program is still kept secret, but their performance is gradually increasing.

Chinese scientists have used AI to solve other problems of hypersonic flight, including engine control and communication.

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