World China surprises the US with a hypersonic missile test, reports the Financial Times
China's new hypersonic missile demonstrated an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, report says
China had made "astounding progress" on hypersonic weapons far more advanced than US officials realized, sources told The Financial Times. The test showed that China had made "astounding progress" on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realized, two sources said, according to the paper. "We have no idea how they did this," another source told the paper.Several countries, including the US, Russia, and China, are competing to develop hypersonic weapons. The missiles fly at low-altitude trajectories at more than five times the speed of sound.
USA-China-Missles: China surprises the US with a hypersonic missile test, reports Financial Times
Beijing (Reuters) - China has tested a hypersonic missile with nuclear capacity in August, demonstrating a spatial capability that surprised US intelligence services, reported the financial Times, citing five anonymous sources.
The article published Saturday in the evening indicates that the Chinese army has launched a rocket carrying a hypersonic vehicle that stole from the low orbit space, around the globe before heading towards a target it has missed twenty kilometers.
"The test showed that China had made amazing progress in hypersonic weapons and that it was much more advanced than the US officials thought", read in the article that cites people informed by intelligence services.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense did not respond immediately to a comment request on Sunday.
The United States and Russia also develop hypersonic missiles, and last month, North Korea stated that it had tested the shot of a recently developed hypersonic missile.
(Bangalore report, French version Matthieu Protard)
Russia to Begin Testing Hypersonic Missile From Nuclear Submarine .
The Tsirkon has already been test-fired from a frigate but Russia wants the hypersonic weapons on its submarines, which will be difficult to defend.In July, Russia's defense ministry announced the successful launch from its Admiral Gorshkov warship of the missile which traveled at seven times the speed of sound and was fired from the White Sea to hit its target more than 200 miles away on the Barents Sea.