China conducts hypersonic weapons test; launched missile around world

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In July, China conducted the test of a hypersonic weapon, sending a missile around the world at speeds exceeding five times the speed of sound. General John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, revealed the details of the test.

“A long-range missile was launched.” “It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided all the way back to China, and impacted a target in China,” Hyten, America’s second-highest-ranking military officer, told CBS News.

China may one day be able to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the United States, according to Hyten. He claimed that while the missile missed its target, it was close enough to hit it.

The missile missed its target by several kilometres, according to the Financial Times, but it was the first time any country tested a hypersonic missile around the world. Radars have a difficult time detecting hypersonic weapons because they travel at more than five times the speed of sound.

The missiles are a “first-use weapon,” according to Hyten, who also noted that China has conducted hundreds of hypersonic tests while the US has only conducted nine. He also stated that while the United States did not have a hypersonic weapon, China did have one medium-range hypersonic weapon.

While confirming the test on October 18, China downplayed the claims. It was described as a “spacecraft, not a missile.” “As far as we know, this was a routine spacecraft test to verify spacecraft reusability technology.” It is critical to lowering the cost of using spacecraft and providing a convenient and affordable mode of two-way transportation for mankind in the peaceful use of space. Similar tests have been carried out by a number of companies around the world. Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, was quoted by news agencies earlier this month as saying, “It’s not a missile, it’s a spacecraft.”

China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, according to the Pentagon, and could have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade.

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