The Chinese have announced that they have successfully tested a hypersonic nuclear-capable delivery system.
The Chinese Defense Ministry tested the hypersonic glide vehicle (dubbed “Wu-14” by the Pentagon) on June 7th, which is capable of traveling at 12,000 kilometers per hour – 10 times the speed of sound.
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According to reports, during the latest test, the missile successfully carried out maneuvers showing its capability to penetrate missile defense systems.
The US’s current missile defense systems are only capable of countering ballistic missiles with predictable trajectories, unlike those of Wu-14.
According to a report in the US-based online paper the Washington Free Beacon, US intelligence officials have described the tests as “extreme maneuvers.”
“The Wu-14 … is designed to penetrate US missile defense systems, meaning the PLA (People Liberation Army) is capable of defending China’s territorial sovereignty,” RT quoted a defense policy specialist at the Shanghai University, Professor He Qisong, as saying.
China’s Defense Ministry has denied such allegations saying that “The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory is normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals.”