China’s Hypersonic Weapon Might Be New ‘Sputnik Moment,’ Milley Says


Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said China’s new hypersonic weapon is “very concerning” and comes close to being a “Sputnik moment,” Bloomberg TV reported.

The top military officer of the U. S. confirmed to Bloomberg that China had recently tested an advanced hypersonic weapon. “What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning,” Milley said in an interview for “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations.”

“I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. It has all of our attention,” Milley added.

The Financial Times previously reported that China had conducted two hypersonic weapons tests this summer, one in July and a second in August, including launching one capable of carrying a nuclear payload into space. Three people reportedly familiar with the first test told the paper that China’s brand new weapons capability stunned the Pentagon and U. S. intelligence.

Hypersonic weapons are fast, fly low and highly maneuverable, with their speed and agility often enabling them to bypass traditional missile defense systems, Bloomberg reported.

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