- China may suddenly launch nuclear attack on America, claims about hypersonic missile test
- General John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military, warned
- China’s hypersonic weapon had swirled the whole world, later returned to its country
The second highest officer of the US Army has made a big disclosure about China’s hypersonic missile test. He told that this Chinese missile had returned to its country after circling the whole world. He even warned that China may someday suddenly launch a nuclear attack on America. In July, China test-fired a hypersonic missile that flew five times the speed of sound.
China’s missile circled the whole world
On July 27, General John Hyten, the vice chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the first statement on China’s testing of hypersonic weapons. He said that China tested a long-range missile. It circled the globe, dropping the hypersonic glide vehicle that flew back to China. Asked if the missile hit the target correctly, Hyten said it was close enough.
China may suddenly attack America
Hyten believes that China has the ability that someday it can suddenly attack America. Hyten said China has conducted hundreds of hypersonic tests in the past five years, while the US has conducted only nine. China has deployed a medium-range hypersonic weapon while the US will take a few years to do so.
What is Hypersonic Missile?
The missile is like a vehicle and it serves to carry the payload (nuclear or other weapons). There are three types of missiles on the basis of speed – subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic. Missiles flying below the speed of sound (330 m/s) are subsonic, supersonic faster than the speed of sound, and hypersonic missiles flying at five times the speed of sound (6,174 km/h) or more.
There are two types of hypersonic missiles
There are two types of hypersonic missiles – hypersonic cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles. Hypersonic cruise is similar to a normal cruise missile, but with a high-speed jet engine that gives it Mach-5 (five times the speed of sound) or higher. Hypersonic glide vehicle is launched into space with the help of a rocket. At present, there are six countries in the world—USA, Russia, China, India, France and the UK—that are working on such weapons.