Nov 22, 2021 09:50 GMT
According to sources in the British newspaper, Beijing managed to fire a missile from a hypersonic glide vehicle flying at least 5 times the speed of sound.
The alleged test of a hypersonic weapon by China last summer marked a milestone previously not reached by any other country, the Financial Times reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.
According to sources in the British newspaper, scientists from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are still trying to understand how Beijing managed to “exceed the limits of physics” by firing a missile. from a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) flying over the South China Sea to at least 5 times the speed of sound.
Investigators’ opinions were divided regarding the purpose of the weapon, which, according to sources, could be a air-to-air missile or a countermeasure to destroy missile defense systems.
“We must put on day”
“This development is alarming for us and it should be for all those who seek peace and stability in the region and beyond, “commented the spokesman for the US National Security Council in reference to the test, which supposedly took place on 27 May. July At the same time, he noted that Washington “will continue to maintain its capabilities to defend itself and deter a series of threats” from the Asian giant.
Meanwhile, General David Thompson of the US Space Force asserted this Saturday that the North American country not “so advanced” like China or Russia in the development of hypersonic weapons. “We have to catch up quickly. The Chinese have had an incredibly aggressive hypersonic program for several years,” he said.
- In October, the Financial Times reported that China conducted two hypersonic weapons tests last summer. While the first test was initially reported to have been conducted in August, the British newspaper later noted that Beijing allegedly launched a nuclear-capable HGV for the first time that circumnavigated the planet on July 27, while a second test had place on August 13.
- Meanwhile, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, compared the July 27 test with the ‘Sputnik moment’, an expression that, after the launch of the first artificial satellite by the USSR in 1957 , came to mean the moment when a country, particularly the US, realizes the need to fill the scientific or technological gap existing to reach any other power.
- For their part, from Beijing they repeatedly denied having tested a hypersonic missile and insisted that it was a test of a space vehicle.