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The US chief general called the tests of hypersonic weapons in China “very close” to the moment of the satellite

A senior US military officer confirmed reports that China had tested a hypersonic weapon system, calling the test a “very alarming” development, reminiscent of the moment Russia launched the world’s first artificial Earth satellite in the 1950s.

“What we saw was a very significant event – a test of the hypersonic weapon system. And that’s very worrying, ”Gen. Mark Milli, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Bloomberg Television. “I don’t know if this is really a moment for Sputnik, but I think he is very close to it. This is all our attention. “

V Financial Times first reported a test of hypersonic weapons in China, citing anonymous officials who said the summer tests took US intelligence officials by surprise. The orbital weapon, a rocket-launched hypersonic glider, is reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear load.

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Despite the fact that this weapon missed its target for several kilometers, the test on July 27 was the first time that any country had completely circled the Earth with a hypersonic weapon. FT… Hypersonic weapons travel five times the speed of sound.

China denies that it tested a hypersonic rocket, saying it actually tested a reusable spacecraft.

Milli also said the US is experimenting with its own weapons, including hypersound, artificial intelligence and robotics, but added that the Chinese military will become “very significant” on the horizon.

The Chinese military “has gone from a peasant infantry army that was very large in 1979 to a very powerful army that covers all areas and has global ambitions,” Milli said.

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