China tested a hypersonic nuclear-capable missile in orbit in August financial times, citing various sources with knowledge of conducting this test.
According to sources quoted by the newspaper, in its Saturday edition, Rocket It circled the Earth in low orbit before landing towards the target, but failed.
Three sources told the newspaper that the hypersonic glider was launched by a “Long March” missile, with the test remaining confidential.
According to the article, China’s progress in the field of hypersonic weapons surprised the US intelligence services.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not comment on the details of the article but expressed concern.
“We clearly express our concerns about the military development that China continues to pursue, which increases tensions in and around the region. This is one of the reasons why we view China as our number one challenge.
In addition to Beijing, the United States, Russia and at least five other countries are also operating Hypersonic technology.
Hypersonic missiles can fly five times the speed of sound, just like conventional ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear weapons.
While a ballistic missile is flying high in space, hitting its target, a hypersonic missile travels low in the atmosphere and can reach its target faster.
On the other hand, a hypersonic missile can maneuver, making it difficult for a counterattack to shoot it down.
The now-reported test comes as tensions escalate between the US and China and Beijing ramps up military activities in close proximity TaiwanThe independent democracy allied with Washington and which China considers a province awaiting reunification.
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