China tested a hypersonic missile a few months ago capable of launching a projectile, a technology that neither the United States nor Russia currently has, reported the Wall Street Journal. Confirming information published on Sunday by the Financial Times, the US newspaper reported that China conducted a test in July that involved a “sophisticated maneuver in which a projectile was launched from a hypersonic missile in mid-flight.”
This maneuver shows that China’s capabilities in this field are higher than previously knownadded the Wall Street Journal citing unidentified US officials. According to him Financial Times, “The experts at Darpa, the Pentagon’s research agency, do not know how China has managed to launch a projectile from a vehicle flying at hypersonic speed,” five times the speed of sound.
Experts are also unaware of the nature of the projectile, which fell into the sea. The Financial Times had reported in October that China launched a hypersonic missile in August that circled the Earth in orbit before landing on its target, eventually missing by a few kilometers. Beijing denied that it was a missile test, claiming that it had simply tested the technology of a reusable space vehicle.
But the American general Mark Milley realized a few days after a “very significant evidence of a hypersonic weapon system”, without specifying the date. And he compared it to the 1957 launch by the Soviet Union of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, which surprised the United States and launched the race for space conquest.