Americans have long lived in the relative comfort of knowing that their military is undoubtedly the most advanced in the world. If there is some foreign threat out there looking to harm us, we have a solution, and it’s been this way for a very long time.
But this may not always be the case – especially with Russia testing a number of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that would be impossible to intercept via the currently-known defense systems.
While this is certainly worrisome enough, the real trouble would come if a more belligerent nation were to develop this technology.
Well, don’t look now…
China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in a move that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, according to a new report.
The missile launched in August and circled the globe before speeding towards its target, which it missed by about two-dozen miles according to three individuals briefed on the intelligence. Two of those individuals said the test showed how far China has progressed on hypersonic weaponry – farther that U.S. officials realized.
“We have now idea how they did this,” one individual told The Financial Times.
Even the Pentagon had a hard time putting a hopeful spin on the news, despite refusing to acknowledge the actual test itself.
“We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond,” John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News. “That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.”
Beijing has denied that the test in question was a part of their nuclear aspirations, instead suggesting that the launch was merely a development within their space exploration programs.