The U.S. Army conducted an announcement in August less than a week after China disproved an alleged test, confirming the successful testing of several essential components for the development of hypersonic missile technology that can travel at five times the speed of sound.
Specifically, the US Army has confirmed three precision launches of “hypersonic experiments” conducted last Wednesday in a series of tests it describes as “a crucial step in the development of a joint hypersonic missile,” a new major weapons target that states Unidos has proposed to comply by the middle of this decade.
The US Army has indicated that the aim of these tests was to demonstrate “technologies, capabilities and prototypes of advanced hypersonic systems in a realistic operating environment”, without specifying the instruments used, but as an intermediate step “between” the ground tests and Flight tests of the entire system “.
According to military sources on the Politico news portal, this series of launches was said to have been carried out from a base in Virginia.
However, the US military authorities have not yet officially decided that a fourth test of a missile with the chassis of a hypersonic projectile was carried out at Kodiak, Alaska, the following day.
This test would have failed, as military sources confirmed to the ABC network, even though the army had already carried out a successful test of this technology from the base in Kauai, Hawaii in March last year.
The announcement came after Financial Times sources reported last Sunday that the Chinese Army conducted an unprecedented test of a new hypersonic nuclear-ability missile that went around the world in August, USA for the advanced technology.
Although the projectile missed the target by more than 20 kilometers, the mere shooting down indicated to US intelligence services that China is much more advanced in its weapons technology than previously believed.
The Chinese government came the next day to provide this information and gave assurances that it was in fact a routine test of a spacecraft and had nothing to do with an alleged weapons program.
In recent months, US military officials have warned of China’s growing nuclear capacity, particularly after the release of satellite imagery of the construction of more than 200 ICBM silos.
China is not bound by any arms control treaty and has refused to enter into talks with the US about its arms arsenal and nuclear policy.