On October 18, China’s Foreign Ministry announced that the country tested a space vehicle in July, not a hypersonic missile as reported by the Financial Times (FT)
“It’s not a rocket, it’s a space vehicle,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press conference in Beijing.
Earlier, the FT on October 16, citing several sources, said that “the Chinese military launched a hypersonic flight vehicle missile” and evaluated it as “a hypersonic missile capable of carrying a Nuclear warhead.”
According to the FT article, the missile “passed through low-orbit space” and could help China “penetrate” US missile defense systems that are designed to target parabolic orbits. fixation of ballistic missiles.
China’s military progress has “taken American intelligence by surprise”.