China surprises US by firing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile around the globe

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China secretly fired a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile around the globe, catching the US intelligence by surprise, it has been reported. (File Photo – AP)

The new hypersonic glide vehicle was launched with a “Long March” rocket, seen here carrying China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe for its space program. AP

The Chinese military launched the missile in August which carried out a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew around globe, through low-orbit space, before cruising towards its target.

“The test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realized,” the Financial Times reported late on Saturday, citing five unnamed sources.

“We have no idea how they did this,” one of the officials familiar with the test told FT.

According to the report, the missile missed its target by about two dozen miles after orbiting the globe and descending towards earth.

The Chinese defense officials have not commented regarding the report and the alleged test of the hypersonic missile so far.

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