“It went around the world, set off a hypersonic hover vehicle that glided all the way back to China, which hit a target in China.”
When asked if the missile had hit the target, General Hyten said, “Close enough.”
General Hyten, who previously called the pace at which the Chinese military is developing capabilities “stunning”, warned that they could one day have the opportunity to launch a startling nuclear attack on the US.
“Why are they building up all these capabilities?” said General Hyten.
“They look like a first-time weapon. This is what those weapons look like to me.’
The revelations about the test come amid heightened tensions over Taiwan as China looks to expand its weapon’s capabilities.
The Pentagon warned in a report released earlier this month that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and may have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade.
The US currently has 3,750 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, according to the latest State Department data, dwarfing the size of China’s nuclear stockpile.
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China has denied testing hypersonic weapons.
The speed with which the Chinese developed the system surprised US national security officials.
While China and Russia are developing their own versions of hypersonic missiles, the Pentagon has made the development of hypersonic weapons one of its top priorities.
A US hypersonic missile test failed last month, but the Pentagon insists it remains on track to deliver offensive hypersonic weapons by early 2020.