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War Games: China Shoots Down New U.S. B-21 Stealth Bomber in Hypersonic Missile Simulation

China Shoots Down US B-21 Stealth Bomber in Missile Simulation
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The US Air Force's B-21 Raider is the latest addition to its range.

Nov. 29 2023, Published 11:15 a.m. ET

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In its most recent virtual war game, Chinese researchers demonstrated what they claim is the country's ability to shoot down America’s “invisible” B-21 stealth bomber. reported that the simulations, conducted by the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an China, provided a picture of what an airborne attack between the two nuclear powers could look like.

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According to the way the mock air battle played out, China's equipment and military tactics proved superior over an attack by its Western counterparts.

One simulation depicted Chinese air-to-air hypersonic missiles detecting one of America’s newest pieces of hardware, the B-21 stealth bomber.

In the mock-up, the bomber, which is capable of cruising slightly slower than the speed of sound at 620 mph, is able to detect and evade a Chinese missile, making it overshoot its mark.

When that happens, target information is transferred to a second airborne missile instantaneously, and this projectile is then able to obliterate the distracted avant-garde warplane.

However, Professor Chen Jun leading the research, admits such an eventuality would not be that simple, and hints that a tug-of-war for air supremacy between the two countries could go on for hours before any kind of result is achieved, per The Sun.

The simulation follows the weeks-old unveiling of America’s latest nuclear stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider.

The plane was developed to play a central role in the U.S. Air Force's Penetrating Counter Air strategy, specifically tailored for potential conflicts with the Chinese military.

China, aware of this, has been busy too, and as seen in the recent exercise, has been working on countermeasures in the form of hypersonic missiles equipped with microscopic radars capable of tracking stealth aircraft.

These missiles are also said to have pulse engines that allow for an adjustable power output, enabling them to achieve elevated heights at astonishing speeds.

This recent development plays into the knowledge that China possesses the world's leading hypersonic arsenal, (per VOA), including its air-to-air inventory along with hypersonic anti-ship missiles, and various hypersonic glide vehicles.

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These simulations come at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. The relationship between the two nations has deteriorated over issues such as trade, human rights, Taiwan, and China’s forays in the South China Sea.

Additionally, the U.S. has accused China of engaging in dangerous air maneuvers against its military planes, with a total of 180 incidents reported since fall of 2021.

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In an attempt to ease the intensifying diplomatic freeze between the two countries, President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco on Nov. 15 with the endeavor of ensuring that “competition does not veer into conflict,” per The White House.

“Planet Earth is big enough for the two countries to succeed,” Xi said.

But later, Biden told the press that his Chinese counterpart is a "dictator."

“Look, he is. He's a dictator in the sense that he's a guy who runs a country that is a communist country that's based on a form of government totally different than ours," Biden said to a reporter according to CNBC.

Later, China responded saying, “This statement is extremely wrong and irresponsible political manipulation,” per Reuters.

China was not the only entity to marvel at Biden’s blunt demeanor.

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Italian diplomat, Marco Carnelos, noted the impact of the statement on X writing: “Secretary Blinken’s desperate body language after President Biden - after his long-searched meeting with his counterpart! - called President Xi a dictator is priceless.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in the front row during Biden's address and was being filmed when the president made the statement. He appeared visibly dismayed.

“Twelve months of hard work & diplomacy were thrown in the toilet with a simple word,” Carnelos observed.

However, according to Biden, the meeting did in fact achieve results as China agreed to resume military talks and contribute to America’s fight against the fentanyl flowing in from Asian regional power.


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