[Epoch Times November 23, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Zhang Ting comprehensive report) The Financial Times revealed on November 21 that the hypersonic weapon tested by the CCP in July was flying in the South China Sea (also known as the South China Sea). ) A missile was launched from the atmosphere above. The Pentagon is trying to figure out how Beijing has mastered this technology.
The report quoted people familiar with the matter as revealing that the hypersonic weapon test tested by the CCP includes an advanced technology. This technology enables a hypersonic gliding vehicle with at least 5 times the speed of sound to launch missiles when approaching the target during flight. No country has demonstrated this ability before.
People familiar with the intelligence said that the Pentagon scientists were caught off guard by Beijing’s progress. This technology almost enables the hypersonic glide vehicle to launch a single missile while flying in the atmosphere over the South China Sea. The hypersonic glide vehicle is a mobile spacecraft that can carry a nuclear warhead.
The Pentagon is studying relevant data to figure out how Beijing masters this technology
People familiar with the details of the weapon demonstration said that experts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, still don’t know how Beijing managed to get rid of the hypersonic aircraft. On the launch of missiles.
According to the report, military experts have been studying data related to this test to understand how Beijing has mastered the technology. They are still discussing the purpose of China’s launch of the projectile. The projectile launched by the hypersonic vehicle had no obvious target, and fell into the water after launch.
Some Pentagon experts believe that the projectile is an air-to-air missile. Another part of the people believes that this is a countermeasure for the CCP to destroy the enemy’s missile defense system, making it impossible for the missile defense system to shoot down offensive hypersonic weapons in wartime.
The report said that the White House declined to comment on the CCP’s countermeasures, but said it was still concerned about the July 27 test. The Financial Times first reported the test last month.
A spokesperson for the US National Security Council said: “This development worries us, and it should be the same for all those who seek peace and stability in the region and beyond.”
The National Security Council added that it is concerned about the CCP’s continued search to acquire many military capabilities. The United States will “continue to maintain defense and deterrence” against a series of threats from China.
According to the Financial Times, Russia and the United States have also been developing hypersonic weapons for many years, but experts believe that China’s ability to launch such countermeasures with hypersonic weapons once again proves that China’s development in this field has surpassed that of the United States and Russia. country.
The Pentagon is concerned about the development of hypersonic weapons in Beijing
The CCP’s testing of hypersonic weapons has already aroused the attention of the Pentagon. In an interview with CBS (CBS) last week, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Hyten revealed the details of the CCP’s testing of hypersonic weapons this summer and warned that the CCP One day there may be a surprise nuclear attack on the United States.
On October 27th, General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that he expressed “very concerned” about the CCP’s hypersonic weapon system test. He even said that it was close to the “Sputnik moment” in history.
At the regular press conference held on November 22, in response to the latest report from the Financial Times, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian repeated what he said last month. He said: “I have answered these kinds of questions. It is understood that this test is a routine spacecraft test to verify the spacecraft’s reusable technology. The spacecraft’s supporting equipment is separated before the spacecraft returns. Burned and disintegrated in the process of falling into the atmosphere.”
Bloomberg said that if China’s hypersonic weapon test is confirmed, it indicates that Xi Jinping may be exploring orbital strikes as a way to counter the progress made by the United States in shooting down ballistic missiles. Last year, the U.S. Navy successfully intercepted a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile.
In response to the increasingly severe military threat posed by the CCP, the Pentagon stated on November 8 that the Ministry of National Defense will focus on preparing for war and paying attention to the CCP’s behavior in the Indo-Pacific region.
“What I can tell you is that we are focused on developing capabilities and operational concepts, ensuring that we have the resources and appropriate strategies so that we can address China (the CCP) as the number one step-by-step challenge.” Pentagon spokesperson John ‧ John Kirby said.
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