China conducted not one but two hypersonic missile tests which stunned US

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS): China conducted not one, but two tests of new hypersonic weapons in July and August, the Financial Times newspaper has reported, raising more concerns in the United States about the growing military capabilities of its geopolitical rival, Al Jazeera reported.

The London-based Financial Times reported on Thursday that Beijing launched a rocket that employed a "fractional orbital bombardment" system to propel a nuclear-capable "hypersonic glide vehicle" around the Earth for the first time on July 27, according to four people familiar with US intelligence assessments.

More than two weeks later on August 13, China conducted a second hypersonic test, the report said citing two people familiar with the matter.

The newspaper had initially reported in a story published over the weekend that the first test was conducted in August, instead of the end of July.

The latest report said that the missile test "stunned" the American military and intelligence officials about Chinese military advance.

It further said that US scientists "were struggling to understand" the hypersonic weapon's capability, "which the US does not currently possess", the report said.

In response to the Financial Times' initial report, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it had only launched a space plane and the test took place on July 16.

"It's understood that this was a routine test of a space vehicle to verify technology of spacecraft's reusability," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had said on Monday.

Zhao was quoted by state-owned broadcaster CGTN as saying that the test was "essential" for reducing the cost of spacecraft use, and providing a convenient and inexpensive way for humans to use space for "peaceful purposes".

In a statement issued earlier this week, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price had said that the administration of President Joe Biden was very concerned about the latest development in China's nuclear arms capability and "novel delivery systems", Al Jazeera reported.



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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Refering link, Asteroids are lined up...... God's technology to wipe out evil especially godless communists chinese and western self made gods elite, misusing AI, mRNA, nano technology, 5G, The Beast Supercomputer, Horus eye Advance Surveilance system to not only enslave humanity but also decimate much. But a short period of Godless rule expected as written in Book of Revelation chapter 13 before clean up of evil, unless repented of their crime against humanity....

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    When Soviet Union surprised the world - US in particular with first ever launch of Sputnik in 1957, the US created Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which has many a technological breakthrough to it's credit in each and every branch of science and technology. But China seems to be catching up if not already ahead of US especially in the areas of AI, Nano technology, Quantum computing and Nuclear fusion.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Our Feku must he hiding under the Table ...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Yes world is astauning about Chinas silent works.They will have to still to wonder in future what they are able to.Silently working from back bench ,silently collecting the needed knowledge where some give infos without thinking anything and make use of it at the end..Now you all know.what fotos with a smile ,and only head shakes bring .Not making any noice they work ,.World has to learn out of it.before too late is.we fight between ourselves about caste,religion ,cows ,and women ,which Party is best etc.

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Indian politicians are useless irrespective of any party.

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