The Financial Times, citing sources, reported on October 16 that Beijing was testing a hypersonic missile and the shock of US intelligence.
The tests that took place back in August came as a real surprise to the United States, DW reports. In the development of hypersonic weapons, China has advanced much further than the US intelligence services had anticipated.
The new missile, with a hypersonic gliding aircraft, is capable of carrying nuclear weapons. She safely flew through low-orbit space, confidently circled the globe and descended to hit the target. Here, however, there was a nuisance – the hit did not work due to a short flight of about 32 km. Still, the tests can rightfully be considered successful, they demonstrated that China has made “amazing progress in the development of hypersonic weapons.”
Sources of The Financial Times noted that usually such tests are announced. In this case, they came as a surprise and shocked experts in US intelligence, who admitted, “We have no idea how they did it.”