🇨🇳A hypersonic weapon test China executed in July reportedly fired a projectile from the system during the flight.

This is an advanced capability that no country has demonstrated before

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🛰️US scientists were surprised by the feat, a sign that China’s military programme is far more sophisticated, and possibly progressing at a much faster pace than previously known
🚀Experts are unsure how China managed to overcome the challenges of physics to fire a nuclear-capable missile from a vehicle travelling at hypersonic speed and with enough power to travel around the world
They’re also trying to determine the purpose of the projectile, which seems to have been fired off with no clear target, before falling into the water.

➡️It could possibly have been an air-to-air missile, or a way to shoot down missile defence systems
Hypersonic missiles fly so fast and close to the Earth that they can be hard for radar systems to detect
🇺🇸Over the last five years, China has conducted hundreds of hypersonic tests, whereas the US has carried out only nine, John Hyten, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week on CBS News
💸On Friday, the US announced it was putting more than $60 million (£44m) towards developing weapons to protect the country from hypersonic attacks

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