Earlier this year, the Chinese tested a hypersonic weapon that caught the United States Military by surprise, or so they say. The big concern is that this weapon, which is space-based, can carry and detonate a nuclear weapon.
General Mark Milley is concerned.
Milley said he could not discuss details because aspects involved classified intelligence. He said the United States also is working on hypersonic weapons, whose key features include flight trajectory, speed, and maneuverability that make them capable of evading early warning systems that are part of U.S. missile defenses. The U.S. has not conducted a hypersonic weapon test of the sort Milley said China had achieved.
“What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system, and it is very concerning,” Milley said on “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” on Bloomberg Television.
“I think I saw in some of the newspapers, they used the term Sputnik moment,” he added. “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. So it’s a very significant technological event that occurred, or test that occurred, by the Chinese. And it has all of our attention.”
The 1957 Soviet/Russian launch of Sputnik, a satellite, was a complete surprise to the United States. It was a breakthrough in technological achievement that gave the Russians a belt notch in the space race.
While this test of a hypersonic space weapon is notable, not everyone is overly concerned.
“While the prospect of a nuclear attack against the United States is terrifying, this is no Sputnik moment — partly because it’s not entirely clear what was tested, but mostly because the threat of a Chinese nuclear attack on the United States isn’t remotely new,” Acton wrote.
Maybe not, but such weapons in the hands of sworn enemies should evoke some sort of response.
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