Following the news that the Chinese communist regime launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, U.S. officials have expressed grave concern on Monday, Oct. 18, that the U.S. would not have the technological capability to counter it.
A recent investigative report by the Financial Times claimed that the Chinese regime launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, which circled the Earth in low orbit before coming close and narrowly missing the test target.
The Chinese regime has officially denied the report’s findings, saying that the object in question was a spacecraft. However, the arguments were not entirely convincing and the international community remains on alert.
The U.S. disarmament ambassador, Robert Wood, announced that U.S. military and security authorities are concerned about the situation because they consider that they do not have enough technology to counter this type of weapon.
“Hypersonic technology is something that we have been concerned about, the potential military applications of it and we have held back from pursuing, we had held back from pursuing military applications for this technology,” Wood claimed, as he was in Geneva on Oct. 4, according to Reuters.
“But we have seen China and Russia pursuing very actively the use, the militarization of this technology, so we are just having to respond in kind…We just don’t know how we can defend against that technology. Neither does China, neither does Russia,” the expert stated.
According to reports, the U.S. intelligence community was completely baffled after learning that the Chinese regime was so advanced in this type of powerful technology.
Although the missile missed its target by approximately two dozen miles, the Chinese regime demonstrated incredible advances in the development of hypersonic weapons, which were far superior to what U.S. officials believed, the Financial Times reported.
This test forced the U.S. to reconsider its underestimation of China’s military modernization. “We don’t know how they did it,” said a person close to the intelligence apparatus interviewed in the report.
M Taylor Fravel, a professor of security studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, noted that supersonic devices fly 5 times faster than the speed of sound and can stay in a lower orbit and maneuver in flight.
As a result, they are extremely complex to track and even more complex to shoot down. According to Wood, U.S. missile defense systems designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles do not have the capability to counter them.
Concerns about China’s nuclear capabilities are growing as Beijing expands its conventional military force and engages in military operations near Taiwan.
For his part, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington was closely watching China’s development of advanced weapons systems, although he declined to comment directly on the Financial Times report.
“We watch closely China’s development of armament and advanced capabilities and systems that will only increase tensions in the region,” Austin told reporters during a visit to the former Soviet republic of Georgia.