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news.com.au 22 Nov, 2021 00:15 am

China ‘fired missile from hypersonic weapon’ over South China Sea

China ‘fired missile from hypersonic weapon’ over South China Sea
China tested a hypersonic vehicle in July that was able to fire off its own missile over the South China Sea while travelling at five times the speed of sound, in a physics-defying display of technology that no other country has demonstrated, according to a new report.

“If correct, this assertion of a second projectile is a very concerning advance that appears to go well beyond earlier reporting about the Chinese hypersonic missile tests earlier this summer,” added national security expert Jamil N.China has previously denied the reports, saying the July launch was a routine test of reusable spacecraft – but according to the Financial Times, that occurred 11 days before the hypersonic missile test.China has already deployed one medium-range hypersonic missile, the DF-17, which can travel around 2000km and can carry nuclear warheads.Russia recently launched a hypersonic missile, the Zircon, from a submarine, and since late 2019 has had the hypersonic nuclear-capable Avangard missiles in service.

The Financial Times on Sunday revealed fresh details of Beijing’s hypersonic weapons test earlier this year, which saw a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle circle the globe in low orbit before landing.“The US has in recent years been fabricating excuses like ‘the China threat’ to justify its arms expansion and development of hypersonic weapons.

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