China testou duas vezes armas hipersónicas
October 21, 2021 -
A China realizou dois testes de armas hipersónicas no verão de 2021,
suscitando receios nos Estados Unidos de que Pequim esteja a ganhar
avanço no desenvolvimento de uma nova geração de armas.
Beijing launched a rocket that employed a “fractional orbital bombardment” system to propel a nuclear-capable “hypersonic glide vehicle” around the Earth for the first time on July 27, the London-based Financial Times reported on Thursday.
China conducted a second hypersonic test on August 13, the FT said.
The newspaper initially reported that the first test was done in August, instead of the end of July.
The latest report said that the missile test “stunned” American military and intelligence officials about the Chinese military advance.
It further said that U.S. scientists “were struggling to understand” the hypersonic weapon’s capability, “which the U.S. does not currently possess”.