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China surprises U.S. with hypersonic missile test, FT reports

WorldOct 17, 2021 03:45AM ET
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sources.

The report late on Saturday said the Chinese military launched a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew through low-orbit space, circling the globe before cruising towards its target, which it missed by about two dozen miles.

"The test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised," the report said, citing people briefed on the intelligence.

China's ministry of defence did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment from Reuters on Sunday.

The United States and Russia are also developing hypersonic missiles, and last month North Korea https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-korea-says-it-test-fired-new-hypersonic-missile-kcna-2021-09-28 said it had test-fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile.

At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17.

Ballistic missiles fly into outer space before returning on steep trajectories at higher speeds. Hypersonic weapons are difficult to defend against because they fly towards targets at lower altitudes but can achieve more than five times the speed of sound - or about 6,200 km per hour (3,850 mph).

China surprises U.S. with hypersonic missile test, FT reports
 

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Sien Huat Hii
Sien Huat Hii Oct 17, 2021 9:55AM ET
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US can never be number 1 forever..
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China stole US tech again! What, US doesnt have the tech yet? Huh, China used time machine to steal from 2050 US.
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LimitUp Oct 17, 2021 7:43AM ET
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Pentagon is probably focused on who can potty in the ladies room.
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Pentagon cannot sleep well anymore.
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They'll be fine, funding and job security sorted for next 50 years to stop China 🤣
 
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