US intelligence was surprised by China tested hypersonic weapons

China’s test of a hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead caught US intelligence completely by surprise.

According to five US officials familiar with the Chinese test, the mainland military launched a Long March 2C missile carrying a supersonic glide vehicle that could be equipped with a nuclear warhead in August. The missile flew through the low-orbit space before hitting the target,

The warhead missed and missed the target of more than 30 km. However, US officials acknowledged that the test-fire showed China’s amazing progress in the field of hypersonic weapons, much more advanced than the US side had assumed.

Mr Kirby said in general that the United States has repeatedly expressed concern about China’s pursuit of a military capability, “a capability that only increases tensions in the region and beyond.” “That’s why the US sees China as its top challenger,” he said.

Previously, China announced the launch of the Long March 2C rocket on July 19 and August 24 but did not mention this test.
The test raises questions about why the United States underestimates China’s military modernization.

“We don’t know how they do this,” said one.

Another source said that the weapon could theoretically fly over Antarctica. This poses a major challenge to the US military because its missile defence system is focused on the northernmost route.

The US, Russia and China are three countries developing hypersonic weapons.

Hypersonic missiles, like conventional ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear weapons, are capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. While ballistic missiles fly high into space in an arc to reach their targets, hypersonic missiles fly low in the atmosphere and reach their targets faster.

Most importantly, hypersonic missiles have manoeuvrability that makes them difficult to track and defend. Many countries like the US have developed cruise and ballistic missile defence systems, but the ability to track and defeat hypersonic missiles remains a dilemma.
The test raises questions about why the United States underestimates China’s military modernization.

“We don’t know how they do this,” said one.

Another source said that the weapon could theoretically fly over Antarctica. This poses a major challenge to the US military because its missile defence system is focused on the northernmost route.

The US, Russia and China are three countries developing hypersonic weapons.

Hypersonic missiles, like conventional ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear weapons, are capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. While ballistic missiles fly high into space in an arc to reach their targets, hypersonic missiles fly low in the atmosphere and reach their targets faster.

Most importantly, hypersonic missiles have manoeuvrability that makes them difficult to track and defend. Many countries like the US have developed cruise and ballistic missile defence systems, but the ability to track and defeat hypersonic missiles remains a dilemma.

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