China’s ‘Sputnik moment’ missile test confounds US – media — Analysis
China’s July hypersonic weapon testing was reported by the Financial Times on Sunday to show a remarkable physics-defying technology leap.
Scientists at the Pentagon’s DARPA research agency are apparently still trying to figure out how China’s hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) – a type of nuclear-capable maneuverable spacecraft – was able to fire another missile mid-flight, according to a Financial Times report on Sunday.
This missile is believed to have been launched in the South China Sea, despite the fact that it has not been demonstrated by other countries. Some people believe the missile was an aerial-to-air projectile. Others think that it was countermeasure to any missile defense systems which would have targeted HGV.
The US National Security Council stated that it was preparing to “defend and deter against a range of threats.”The paper was told by an unnamed spokesperson from the White House that any advance must be “concerning… to all who seek peace and stability in the region and beyond.”
China denies reports that it has conducted hypersonic weapons testing. However, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu stated to Financial Times that this launch of the reusable space vehicle in July was part of regular tests. Liu Pengyu (Chinese Embassy spokesperson) told Financial Times it was “not aware”Official statement on the missile test.
An arms race between other countries is something we aren’t interested in. The US has in recent years been fabricating excuses like ‘the China threat’ to justify its arms expansion and development of hypersonic weapons.
After General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described China’s weapons test as nearly a “Sputnik moment”Last month, US officials voiced concern about the US and China’s capability gaps in hypersonic weapon capabilities. On Saturday, the top US Space Force officer warned that there were some dangers to the nation’s hypersonic weapon capabilities. “catching up to do very quickly”with Russian hypersonic weapons programmes.
Last month, a Russian submarine successfully test-fired the Zircon hypersonic missile – which is considered cutting-edge technology since the missile’s high speed and ability to change direction mid-flight makes it nearly impossible to track and intercept.
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