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China Hypersonic Missile Test Shocks US Military Chiefs: FT

The US, Russia and China are all developing hypersonic weapons that are launched into space on a rocket but orbit the earth under their own momentum


The Chinese and Taiwanese flags are displayed alongside a military plane. Photo: Reuters

 

China sent a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile speeding around the globe last month, sending shockwaves through US intelligence circles as Beijing continues to build up its military forces and engages in increasingly provocative activity near Taiwan, the Financial Times reported.

The manoeuvrable missile, demonstrating a space capability the Chinese were not thought to have, circled the planet at a low orbit before heading towards its test target. “We have no idea how they did this,” a US official admitted. Full story: Financial Times.

 

  • By Sean O’Meara

 

Sean OMeara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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