Defense Officials Panic After China Sends a Terrifying ‘Surprise’ Into The Atmosphere

China recently launched a next-generation intercontinental weapon called a hypersonic missile which flew a full circle around the globe, alarming U.S. intelligence personnel who were caught completely off guard by the advanced weapon.

In August of this year, China secretly launched their new Long March rocket, a product of the China National Space Administration. The Long March was reportedly used to send a hypersonic glide vehicle into low-Earth orbit.

That hypersonic glide vehicle remained in low-orbit space for a full revolution of the planet before eventually tilting down toward its target.

According to officials interviewed by the Financial Times, the missile missed its target by an estimated 24 miles, but the interviewees remarked at the amazing next-generation weapon that China had produced so quickly and so secretively. The officials remarked that the weapon was “far more advanced” than anyone in U.S. intelligence had realized.

An unnamed U.S. official simply admitted that the agency had “no idea how they did this.”

A People’s Liberation Army security expert claims that the weapon was jointly invented by China’s Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, the state-owned entity which produces rockets and missile systems for the country’s military.

According to Ratheon, a hypersonic weapon is one which travels at 5 times the speed of sound, also known as Mach 5, and such weapons and vehicles can cover vast distances in mere minutes.

MIT professor and Chinese nuclear weapons expert Taylor Fravel told Fox News that if China fully develops hypersonic glide vehicles, the effects would be “destabilizing.” He explained that the low trajectories, mid-flight maneuvering, and sheer speed of low-orbital weapons-bearing vehicles makes them very difficult to track and destroy before they reach their target.

Last year, Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense regarding Research and Engineering said that the development of hypersonic capabilities was of “the highest technical priority,” for the U.S.

According to a Reuters report, the Pentagon claimed just last week that hypersonic weapons remain too expensive and encouraged defense contractors to pursue development of “more affordable hypersonics.”

The Pentagon’s budget request increased from $3.2 billion to $3.8 billion for the 2022 fiscal year.

Russia similarly is developing a hypersonic glide vehicle known as the Avangard. The weaponized vehicle is being designed to travel at 27 times the speed of sound and could carry a nuclear warhead of up to 2 megatons.

This report comes as military tensions rise between the United States and China with the Chinese military increasingly ginning up threats against Taiwan with provocative flyovers.

Author: Horace Cobb