China successfully conducted the first flight test of a hypersonic system, potentially capable of delivering a warhead to bypass the defense system.
This anonymous source said the South American right-conservative publication The Washington Free Beacon. The Pentagon did not disclose details of the publication of tests, but confirmed the fact of its holding.
The tests were conducted on January 9 over the territory of China. According to the source, hypersonic missile was launched from a very moving and highest speed — about 10 Mach numbers. Pentagon spokesman refused to give comments regarding the test.
It usually refers to hypersonic flight at speeds of Mach number 5 and above. Devices capable of flying with such speed, usually found in the upper atmosphere using rockets. In the U.S., there are several projects of hypersonic vehicles. For example, the Skunk Works division of Lockheed Martin is developing a hypersonic reconnaissance drone capable of reach speeds of Mach number 6. Previously, the same company has developed high-speed scouts, A-12 and SR-71 Blackbird, capable of speeds of 2-3 Mach number.