BEIJING - A social media snafu made by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force may have given netizens a sneak peek into what some observers believe to be China’s latest supersonic cruise missile.
The PLA Rocket Force’s Weibo account posted on Wednesday a video montage of past missile launches conducted by Beijing ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1. Moments later, the 65-second clip was taken down and re-uploaded with a slight alteration that replaced the test seen at the 0:16 timestamp in the clip below.
The excised footage showed the launch of what could be a new type of supersonic cruise missile. [image: Loading video]
A munitions expert explained to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) link that the brief clip of the missile reveals its slender dorsal fins, propellants and collapsable tail fins, which are all traditionally useful in helping a projectile to travel faster than the speed of sound and reach long distances.
“The new missile would probably have a range of more than 1,000 km [680 miles],” he told the SCMP.
This is not the first preview of things to come for the massive October 1 military parade in Beijing. Earlier this month, a supersonic unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted cruising along the highway on the back of a PLA-affiliated truck.
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