China ‘fires hypersonic missile that circles globe to hit target’

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China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that flew around the Earth before accelerating toward its target, surprising US intelligence services, it was reported.

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The technology displays an advanced space capability showing that China’s progress on hypersonic weapons is far more advanced than that of US officials. financial Times.

According to three people familiar with the test, the missile, carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that took off from a low-orbit position before cruising down, missed its target by 24 miles.


“We don’t know how they did it,” one of the intelligence informers told the newspaper.

China joins the US, Russia and China in developing hypersonic weapons, including glide vehicles—missiles launched into space on a rocket but orbiting Earth under its own motion.

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These missiles fly at five times the speed of sound. Although slower than ballistic missiles, they are maneuverable and do not follow a fixed parabolic trajectory, making them difficult to detect.

Chinese nuclear policy expert Taylor Fravel told the FT that the new technology could “negate” US missile defense, which is designed to destroy ballistic missiles.

He added: “Hypersonic glide vehicles . . . fly on low trajectories and can maneuver in flight, making them difficult to track and destroy.”

Spokesman Liu Pengyu said China always followed a military policy that was “defensive in nature” and was not intended to target any particular country.

“We have no global strategy and plans for military operations like the US. And we are not at all interested in an arms race with other countries, ”he said.

“In contrast, the US has been making excuses in recent years to justify its weapons expansion and development of hypersonic weapons, such as China’s threat. This has directly intensified the arms race in this category and the global has seriously undermined strategic stability.

The news coincides with China’s continued efforts to expand its military and nuclear capabilities in the wake of rising tensions with Taiwan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed last week to pursue a peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan despite Beijing’s increasing military activity and escalating tensions between the two neighbours.


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