China’s new hypersonic missile demonstrated an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, report says
Alia Shoaib, Sunday, October 17, 2021, 7:39 AM
- In August, China tested a hypersonic missile that orbited the Earth before speeding towards its target.
- The test demonstrated China’s advanced space capability, and took US intelligence officials by surprise.
- The US, Russia and China have been competing to develop hypersonic weapons.
China demonstrated advanced space capability by testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, the Financial Times reported, citing five sources familiar with the test. The hypersonic glide vehicle launched by the Chinese military circled the globe in low-orbit space before speeding towards its target, sources told the paper.
Although the missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles, the test demonstrated China’s advanced space capability and took US intelligence by surprise, sources told the Financial Times. The test showed that China had made “astounding progress” on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realized, two sources said, according to the paper.
“We have no idea how they did this,” another source told the paper.
Comment: Looks like USSPACECOM and the Space Force have something else to worry about. Wouldn’t these orbiting Chinese hypersonic missiles be directly weaponizing space in a bold, new, movie villain kind of way? As my old mentor, MSG Al Rivers, often told me, “the shit’s on good buddy.”