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

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BEIJING, Oct 17 (Reuters) – China examined a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, exhibiting a functionality that caught U.S. intelligence unexpectedly, the Financial Times reported, citing 5 unnamed sources.

The report late on Saturday stated the Chinese army launched a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide car that flew by way of low-orbit house, circling the globe earlier than cruising in the direction of its goal, 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 stated, citing individuals briefed on the intelligence.

China’s ministry of defence didn’t instantly reply to a faxed request for remark from Reuters on Sunday.

The United States and Russia are additionally growing hypersonic missiles, and final month North Korea stated it had test-fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile.

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

Ballistic missiles fly into outer house earlier than returning on steep trajectories at increased speeds. Hypersonic weapons are troublesome to defend towards as a result of they fly in the direction of targets at decrease altitudes however can obtain greater than 5 occasions the velocity of sound – or about 6,200 km per hour (3,850 mph).

Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by William Mallard

The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

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