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China tests hypersonic nuclear-capable glide vehicle

15 June 2015 10:54


The Chinese Defense Ministry has confirmed the latest testing of a hypersonic nuclear-capable delivery system.

The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed the “Wu-14” by the Pentagon, successfully passed its fourth testing on June 7, RT reported on Sunday.

The extremely advanced strategic system is capable of traveling at over 12,000 kilometers per hour, which is roughly 10 times the speed of sound.

According to reports, during the latest test, the missile successfully carried out maneuvers showing its capability to penetrate missile defense systems.

The US’s current missile defense systems are only capable of countering ballistic missiles with predictable trajectories, unlike those of Wu-14.

According to a report in the US-based online paper the Washington Free Beacon, US intelligence officials have described the tests as “extreme maneuvers.”

“The Wu-14 … is designed to penetrate US missile defense systems, meaning the PLA (People Liberation Army) is capable of defending China’s territorial sovereignty,” RT quoted a defense policy specialist at the Shanghai University, Professor He Qisong, as saying.

China’s Defense Ministry has denied such allegations saying that “The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory is normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals.”

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