Safsana Mr. Xi . The incompetent Pentagon and CIA did not see China's latest wonder weapon coming .Lulz

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise. Five people familiar with the test said the Chinese military launched a rocket that carried a hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space before cruising down towards its target. The missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles, according to three people briefed on the intelligence.

But two said the test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised. The test has raised new questions about why the US often underestimated China’s military modernisation. “We have no idea how they did this,” said a fourth person. Recommended FT Magazine The return of Mao: a new threat to China’s politics The US, Russia and China are all developing hypersonic weapons, including glide vehicles that are launched into space on a rocket but orbit the earth under their own momentum. They fly at five times the speed of sound, slower than a ballistic missile. But they do not follow the fixed parabolic trajectory of a ballistic missile and are manoeuvrable, making them harder to track. Taylor Fravel, an expert on Chinese nuclear weapons policy who was unaware of the test, said a hypersonic glide vehicle armed with a nuclear warhead could help China “negate” US missile defence systems which are designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles. “Hypersonic glide vehicles . . . fly at lower trajectories and can manoeuvre in flight, which makes them hard to track and destroy,” said Fravel, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fravel added that it would be “destabilising” if China fully developed and deployed such a weapon, but he cautioned that a test did not necessarily mean that Beijing would deploy the capability.

Mounting concern about China’s nuclear capabilities comes as Beijing continues to build up its conventional military forces and engages in increasingly assertive military activity near Taiwan. Tensions between the US and China have risen as the Biden administration has taken a tough tack on Beijing, which has accused Washington of being overly hostile. US military officials in recent months have warned about China’s growing nuclear capabilities, particularly after the release of satellite imagery that showed it was building more than 200 intercontinental missile silos. China is not bound by any arms-control deals and has been unwilling to engage the US in talks about its nuclear arsenal and policy. Last month, Frank Kendall, US air force secretary, hinted that Beijing was developing a new weapon. He said China had made huge advances, including the “potential for global strikes . . . from space”. He declined to provide details, but suggested that China was developing something akin to the “Fractional Orbital Bombardment System” that the USSR deployed for part of the Cold War, before abandoning it. “If you use that kind of an approach, you don’t have to use a traditional ICBM trajectory. It’s a way to avoid defences and missile warning systems,” said Kendall.

In August, General Glen VanHerck, head of North American Aerospace Defense Command, told a conference that China had “recently demonstrated very advanced hypersonic glide vehicle capabilities”. He warned that the Chinese capability would “provide significant challenges to my Norad capability to provide threat warning and attack assessment”. Two of the people familiar with the Chinese test said the weapon could, in theory, fly over the South Pole. That would pose a big challenge for the US military because its missiles defence systems are focused on the northern polar route. The revelation comes as the Biden administration undertakes the Nuclear Posture Review, an analysis of policy and capabilities mandated by Congress that has pitted arms-control advocates against those who believe the US must do more to modernise its nuclear arsenal because of China.

The Pentagon did not comment on the report but expressed concern about China. “We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond,” said John Kirby, spokesperson. “That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.” The Chinese embassy declined to comment on the test, but Liu Pengyu, spokesperson, said China always pursued a military policy that was “defensive in nature” and its military development did not target any country. “We don’t have a global strategy and plans of military operations like the US does. And we are not at all interested in having an arms race with other countries,” Liu said. “In contrast, the US has in recent years been fabricating excuses like ‘the China threat’ to justify its arms expansion and development of hypersonic weapons.

This has directly intensified arms race in this category and severely undermined global strategic stability.” One Asian national security official said the Chinese military conducted the test in August. China generally announces the launch of Long March rockets — the type used to launch the hypersonic glide vehicle into orbit — but it conspicuously concealed the August launch. The security official, and another Chinese security expert close to the People’s Liberation Army, said the weapon was being developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics. CAAA is a research institute under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the main state-owned firm that makes missile systems and rockets for China’s space programme.

Both sources said the hypersonic glide vehicle was launched on a Long March rocket, which is used for the space programme. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, which oversees launches, on July 19 said on an official social media account that it had launched a Long March 2C rocket, which it added was the 77th launch of that rocket. On August 24, it announced that it had conducted a 79th flight. But there was no announcement of a 78th launch, which sparked speculation among observers of its space programme about a secret launch. CAAA did not respond to requests for comment.

PS: I hope Africa will one day be populated by high IQ beings like me and develop capabilities of ending all life on earth .

That’s not a smart idea

China really tries to show their might by showing off their weapons to the world. Mara sijui military parades. The US has never done that. Right now they might be having some super weapon that the world doesn’t know about. Probably laser weapons instead of physical missiles.
Remember how the world got to know of the atomic bomb? No public tests. Japan surrendered in 2 days.
We are normally 20 years behind the US military technology wise.
They invented the Internet for military use in 1983 many years before releasing it to the public. The B52 bomber started being designed in the late 70’s. Their first UAV (unmanned aerial combat vehicle) was secretly commissioned in the early 90’s after the Iraq war.

Besides, look at who’s worried about China…only those who need to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

The Pentagon has several experts on payroll working 24/7 on the US protection and spies.

[COLOR=rgb(84, 172, 210)]Sambamba is a Expert on Chinese military equipment.

Lord protector is also a military expert . I thought you blocked the illiterate badass for your ktalk experience to increase by 80%?

. I think B52 Bomber was prototyped way before 70s

Sisi nyeuthi kazi ni kutombana na wizi. Saa hii nuclear war ikianza halafu kamoja kaanguke kenya. Uhunye na their grabbed land will be of no use. Nuclear wasteland.

Msee apart from kuchangia topics za single mothers ni nini exactly umedevelop tukuogope?

Hii mambo ya kutest rockets tuliachia msito Kim Jong.

People have never bothered to ask themselves why exactly US military budget is insane

Nonsense, How would China plan to eliminate the entire Western world’s nuclear systems across land, air, and sea-based delivery mechanisms all at once (some of which are intentionally “hidden” and their locations highly classified)? If a country could truly eliminate all such threats simultaneously, they might consider it. But this is very hard to do given how distributed the counter-attack resources would be.

It’s hard to beat the speed of communication which can travel at light or near-light speed in some cases - or much faster than hypersonic travel. The minute a massive attack like that would be tried, I guarantee nations under attack would issue orders that would ready potential counter responses within the hour. Maybe the countries wouldn’t survive, but some of their nuclear-armed submarines and response fighters launched would almost definitely, and the cost would be very high for China as well.

The most probable outcome would be mutually assured destruction.

Then the more philosophical question is: what kind of world are you leading after that point even if you do make it out alive?

Finally, this threat is nothing really that new. In essence the threat of attack from covert attack submarines has already been around for many years - and those don’t even need as much time as hypersonic missiles launched from China. There are already protocols in place to deal with those and similar situations. Also, Your assumption that there is no time to react is not correct.

First, a hypersonic plane would still take around 2 hours to get from Beijing to NYC. Detection systems don’t need that long. Some missiles might make it in under an hour. Not much time to react, but still time. And good action-reaction protocols plan in advance for such scenarios and what will occur if/when such a scenario occurs. It is not like a new decision is being made every time necessarily.

Second, you assume that the launch of the missiles would effectively take out decision making and retaliatory structures all at once. Many advanced nations have distributed chains of command and resources scattered around the globe. For instance, there is always the option for a submarine-based nuclear missile to be launched in retaliation.

Short answer, it would be a very poor strategic move for China. @T.Vercetti

Does Kenya have missile batteries? Na, tukapata info kuna a Tomahawk missile cruising for Nairobi, kuna any other option other than bracing for impact?

Americunts endeleeni kuota :D:D Seethe and cope

@Sambamba = @Ndindu

I’d appreciate commentary from people who know what they are talking about because what I’m reading above is just bonobo balderdash.

Ama at least mniulize maswali zina miguu I educate you

Swali kama?

Ktalk bonobo student 1 :Mr @Sambamba isn’t this new Chinese hypersonic missile similar to Soviet Fobs?why and how does it change the strategic balance?

Ktalk bonobo student 2 : Mr @Sambamba kindly explain to us how this hypersonic glide vehicle is related to the US missile defence shield and George Bush pulling out of ABMS treaty

Hapa bonobo ni kuvaa magunia na kuanza kukesha wakiomba mungu. Lakini we know our MIGHTY GOD is not to small to save us.

Sasa kama bandits in sandak is a neverending pain in the anus…honestly tomahawk muscle i mean missile tutafanyeje?

Hao wanatengeneza hizo weapons to deal with serious enemies. Huku Kenya hatuna serious enemies. Maybe just the zoomalians who have a navy consisting of inflatable tubes and infantry made up khat addicts with an average weight of 52kgs:D

Pia wanauzia allies. Kama zile weapons Saudia inatumia kuchinja Yemenis zinatoka USA.