Washington / Beijing – China has more advanced hypersonic technology, on the strength of which China can launch an unexpected nuclear attack on the United States, warned US Deputy Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hyten. General Hyten also acknowledged that China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles travelled at more than five times the speed of sound in July and August. Besides, he appealed that the US take the issue seriously, comparing China’s test with the ‘Sputnik moment’.
In an interview with CBS News of the US, General Hyten revealed important information about China’s hypersonic missile test. ‘They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world and dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided back to China, impacting a target in China. This hypersonic missile travelled five times faster than the speed of sound’, stated General Hyten.
‘During the test in China, the hypersonic missile was close enough to the intended target. It was close to a Sputnik moment. From a technology perspective, it’s pretty impressive. But Sputnik created a sense of urgency in the United States. The test on July 27 did not create that sense of urgency’, General Hyten claimed. ‘I think it probably should create a sense of urgency,’ he said.
Moreover, General Hyten issued a severe warning that the missiles used by China during the tests were of the ‘first-use weapon’ type. China could use those missiles to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US in the future. General Hyten said that although the US is also developing hypersonic missiles, its speed is slower than China’s. Ahead of General Hyten, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley compared China’s hypersonic missile test to a ‘Sputnik moment’ and said it was ‘very concerning’. Later, General Hyten also mentioned it and drew attention to China’s possible nuclear attack.
Last month, Britain‘s Financial Times reported of China testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile. The report said that the Chinese missile travelled in a Low-Earth orbit during the test. It claimed that the trial demonstrated China’s hypersonic capabilities as well as its space capabilities. Information about the second test had also come to light after that. Both tests were carried out without the knowledge of US intelligence, and the capabilities displayed by Chinese missiles were said to have surprised US intelligence.