PKONWEB Report (NEW YORK) — Amid reports that the US and China are in a quantum arms race that will transform warfare, China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs” by official media in a reference to a US munition used in Afghanistan.
In a short video published on the website of state arms manufacturer Norinco, the massive bomb drops on to a plain and produces a gigantic ball of fire and black smoke.
On social networks on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency described the bomb for the first time, calling it the “Chinese version of the ‘Mother of all Bombs'”.
The bomb — whose strength is only second to that of a nuclear weapon, according to the agency — was dropped by a Chinese H-6K bomber.
No details on the date, location or range of the bomb blast were provided.
In 2017 the US dropped the most powerful conventional bomb in its arsenal, dubbed the ‘MOAB’ — the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ — in an attempt to destroy a tunnel network being used by the Islamic State (IS) group in the east of Afghanistan.
US president Donald Trump said at the time he was “proud” of his troops and congratulated them on their success.
The Chinese bomb is five to six meters long (16 to 20 feet), but weighs less than the American version, according to military analyst Wei Dongxu, who was quoted by the semi-official Global Times daily on Friday.
According to some analysts, China may be closing in on the advantage US traditionally had militarily.
For instance, radar that can spot stealth aircraft and other quantum innovations could give its military a strategic edge.
In November 2018, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China’s biggest defense electronics company, unveiled a prototype radar that it claims can detect stealth aircraft in flight. The radar uses some of the exotic phenomena of quantum physics to help reveal planes’ locations.
It’s just one of several quantum-inspired technologies that could change the face of warfare. The pursuit of these technologies is triggering a new arms race between the US and China, which sees the emerging quantum era as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain the edge over its rival in military tech.
China’s efforts are ramping up just as fears are growing that the US military is losing its competitive edge.