Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
14 January 2014
Also Known As: HGV, Hypersonic Glide Vehicle and WU-14
Parent System: DF-ZF
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Maiden Flight: 9 January 2014
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Chinese DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV), dubbed WU-14, is a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile delivery vehicle designed to penetrate the United States ballistic missile defenses. The HGV payload is launched as the final stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The HGV hypersonic vehicle is capable of speeds between Mach 5 (+6,000 kilometers per hour) and Mach 10 (+12,000 kilometers per hour) at altitudes of up to 62 miles (100 kilometers). An hypersonic cruise missile can perform precision strikes with relative low altitude and flat trajectory which makes it difficult to detect and neutralize by conventional air and missile defenses. The first test of the new weapon was carried out over China on January 9, 2014. The Chinese Global Times reported that the maximum speed achieved by the WU-14 during the test was actually Mach 20 instead of Mach 10 as reported by the United States. The weapon was re-named DF-ZF in November 2015.
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