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2021-10-18 China-Japan-Koreas
China's frightening test of new hypersonic weapon: ‘We have no idea how they did this'
[AmericanThinker]The Financial Times has published a scoop that should frighten every American and which casts further doubt on the competence and capability of our military leadership. China has demonstrated an attack weapon well beyond our capabilities, defense against which would be difficult if not impossible.

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.

As readers of this website already know, the senior leadership of the United States military is obsessed with:
  • Critical race theory, diving troops along racial lines and devastating morale.

  • Transgenderism, squandering the defense budget on free (and very expensive) "gender reassignment" surgery for anyone who joins the military.

  • Integrating "birthing people" into every military function, including flight suits for pregnant pilots.

  • Vaccination mandates, which could drive out large numbers of skilled service members, not to mention irreplaceable scientists, critically weakening force effectiveness.

Meanwhile, our military reportedly has been shocked by how far China has gotten ahead of us in space-based, nuclear-capable hypersonic gliders that, unlike missiles, can maneuver as the zero in on their targets, making missile defense far less effective if not impossible.

"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.

Our military’s ideological corruption and focus on investing in at-best-irrelevant and at-worst-harmful initiatives surely must remind many Chinese leaders of their own history that proved disastrous in the late nineteenth century. At the time, Japan was aggressively modernizing and building up its military capacity, including a very capable navy. In response, a visionary bigwig Li Hongzhang, created a Northern Fleet, purchasing 2 German battleships with 12 inch Krupp guns and 14 inch armor. But further work was starved of funds because the Empress Dowager Cixi wished to restore the Summer Palace northwest of Beijing for her retirement, and redirected the money to work there, notoriously including the 1893 reconstruction of a marble boat in a lake on the palace grounds.

In order to conceal the misappropriation of funds, the Imperial Household Department, with the necessary (and probably coerced) cooperation of Li Hongzhang, reported the expenditures as "naval funds." Just like "gender reassignment surgery" is a "defense expenditure."

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. A year-and-a-half later, on July 25, 1894, the Japanese Navy attacked China’s fleet and sank 2 ships, launching the First Sino-Japanese War. After 6 months of naval and land warfare, China sued for peace and, among other things, handed over Taiwan and Korea to Japan.

Now, China wants Taiwan back, and don’t for a second think that they have forgotten how they lost it in the first place, by squandering funds that should have been used for advanced weapons on useless baubles, of interest mostly to corrupt, decadent, and cowardly rulers.

Courtesy of Skidmark:
'It is inevitable that China will take an upper hand over the US': Chinese state media celebrates new nuclear-capable 21,000mph missile that can circle Earth in low orbit before striking anywhere from space in MINUTES

[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Report from Financial Times said test showed China had made 'astounding progress' on hypersonic weapons

  • Hypersonic missile launched in August, circled the globe at low orbit and missed target by two dozen miles

  • US intelligence was caught off guard as US is one of eight nations developing their own hypersonic missiles

  • An op-ed in Chinese state media said the test shows the 'unstoppable trend that China is narrowing the gap with the US in some key military technologies'
Posted by 746 2021-10-18 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [394 views ]  Top
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#1 It's not a very big step up from the existing X-37B to something that can dispense multiple hypersonic glide vehicles from orbit and return to Earth to be re-loaded. As Dr. Strangelove said, "It requires only the will to do so."
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-10-18 06:02||   2021-10-18 06:02|| Front Page Top

#2 China denies testing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile
Posted by Skidmark 2021-10-18 07:36||   2021-10-18 07:36|| Front Page Top

#3 They've been in the rocket business a very long time.
Posted by Besoeker 2021-10-18 08:37||   2021-10-18 08:37|| Front Page Top

#4 We could have built a fractional orbit bombardment system fifty years ago. Just about anyone with a large enough orbital booster could.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2021-10-18 09:51||   2021-10-18 09:51|| Front Page Top

#5 Just like we could have done all the stuff Elon Musk is doing back in the nineties. We just chose to have our space programs run by vegan cat sitters instead.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2021-10-18 09:53||   2021-10-18 09:53|| Front Page Top

#6 ^ I nominate that comment for the Monday "gonna leave a mark" award.
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-10-18 09:57||   2021-10-18 09:57|| Front Page Top

#7 Ref #5: Musk hails from the wrong country. Recognizing his philanthropy, entrepreneurial spirit, and genius would be tantamount to racism.
Posted by Besoeker 2021-10-18 10:03||   2021-10-18 10:03|| Front Page Top

#8 Our "intelligence" community seems to miss alot. I seem to recall they missed 9/11 too.
Posted by Chris 2021-10-18 10:25||   2021-10-18 10:25|| Front Page Top

#9 ^Ah, but they did manufacture the WMD story.
Posted by Skidmark 2021-10-18 11:04||   2021-10-18 11:04|| Front Page Top

#10 and Russiagate
Posted by bman 2021-10-18 12:13||   2021-10-18 12:13|| Front Page Top

#11 and Huntergate
Posted by Merrick Ferret 2021-10-18 12:30||   2021-10-18 12:30|| Front Page Top

#12 There aren't any eyes in China because the CIA deliberately used inferior encryption on its servers, believing China wasn't a threat and it could use the same sort of security used against Middle East states.

Whoopsie! China broke in, got the names of all the CIA's agents, and executed them one by one. Some in front of their horrified co-workers. How are they gonna recruit more spies, now that everyone knows what happens to traitors, and how easy it is to get caught because the CIA doesn't take the safety of its agents seriously?

Good old CIA. Hey, at least they're good at false flag operations that start wars, eh?
Posted by Omomolet Phutch9064 2021-10-18 13:01||   2021-10-18 13:01|| Front Page Top

#13 #8 Our "intelligence" community seems to miss alot. I seem to recall they missed 9/11 too.

To be fair, they also missed the collapse of the Soviet Union. But that is kinda understandable because not only is Russia a foreign country but their alphabet has all those weird-ass letters.

I'm sure our intelligence community has all sorts of notable successes, but we can't notice them because they are all secret and stuff.
Posted by SteveS 2021-10-18 13:08||   2021-10-18 13:08|| Front Page Top

#14 Why be fair? With the resources they have they shouldn't miss too much. I'm sure they are monitoring us as we reply to each other though.
Posted by Chris 2021-10-18 13:28||   2021-10-18 13:28|| Front Page Top

#15 In the 50's Gen McArthur was asked, after Chosin, what should be our next step. Bomb Peking while we can. tsk, tsk, effing war-monger.
Posted by irish rage boy  2021-10-18 16:47||   2021-10-18 16:47|| Front Page Top

#16 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.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1449936109463539713
Posted by swksvolFF 2021-10-18 16:53||   2021-10-18 16:53|| Front Page Top

#17 There was an unclassified report to Congress a few months ago on this subject.

It indicated great interest by Russia and China but no prediction of when they would test prototypes.

As I recall, the US has also tested components of a hypersonic weapon system.
Posted by Lord Garth 2021-10-18 18:16||   2021-10-18 18:16|| Front Page Top

#18 Hey, don't be so rough on Elon Musk. Technically speaking, he is an "African American".
Posted by Chealing Chomotle4158 2021-10-18 18:55||   2021-10-18 18:55|| Front Page Top

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