The Pentagon has warned that China’s recent hypersonic missile test has shown the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) now possesses unprecedented military capabilities.
The hypersonic glide vehicle was fired over the South China Sea while moving at five times the speed of sound, the Financial Times reported.
The newspaper also reported that some experts believed an air-to-air missile was fired.
Others believed it was a countermeasure that could hurt the ability of missile defense systems to knock out the hypersonic weapon, which holds a nuclear warhead, in a battle.
Last month, the Financial Times reported China conducted hypersonic weapons tests on July 27 and again on Aug. 13, which raised concern about Beijing’s advancing military.
China’s Foreign Ministry said they tested “a routine spacecraft” to see if it was reusable, which ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian echoed on Monday.
“After separating from the spacecraft before its return, the supporting devices will burn up when they are falling in the atmosphere.”
There are now concerns resident Xi Jinping may be exploring orbital strikes to counter American advancements in countering ballistic missiles before they can threaten the U.S. homeland.
The U.S. Navy successfully intercepted a mock intercontinental ballistic missile last year.
“I certainly can’t think of any technical precedent to a hypersonic glide vehicle releasing some sort of payload — implied to be a missile by the FT story,” said Ankit Panda, the Stanton senior fellow in the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“I do wonder, however, if this ‘missile’ may have been some other sort of payload, perhaps a countermeasure or some other sort of support mechanism,” he said.
Neon Nettle reported last month:
China’s Communist regime has launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile to circle the planet in low orbit, leaving U.S. intelligence officials stunned by the technology.
China secretly tested the missile, which orbited the globe before returning to Earth to strike its target.
The test has sent shockwaves with military officials around the world as the technological development would overcome U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems.
A report from the Financial Times, which cited five unnamed intelligence sources, said the Chinese military launched the Long March rocket in August carrying a “hypersonic glide vehicle” into low orbit.