China fires hypersonic missile to circle planet in low orbit in terrifying display of its advanced weapons… catching US intelligence chiefs off-guard
- Report from Financial Times said test showed China had made ‘astounding progress’ on hypersonic weapons
- Hypersonic missile launched in August, circled the globe at low orbit and missed target by two dozen miles
- US intelligence was caught off guard as US is one of eight nations developing their own hypersonic missiles
China secretly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile which orbited the globe in a terrifying display of military strength which left the US stunned.
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 around the globe before cruising towards its target, which it missed by about two dozen miles.
The incident has left US intelligence officials stunned, sources say, as it shows ‘China has made astonishing progress on the development of its hypersonic weapons’.