Since the Chinese are already competing with the latest US technology and not trying to catch up, it’s only a short matter of time before America loses its edge and first-strike capability. Having all the latest warplanes or navy tech doesn’t matter if you can’t stop a missile — a missile that they will likely mass produce since they have over 95% of the world’s rare earths under contract, plus the ability to hide it under thousands of miles of nuclear-hardened tunnel systems.
The Chinese are now running parallel wih America and this is proof. Sadly, most of America is unaware and those that do know are either turning a blind eye or are supressed by the Obama administration.
Two-sentence statement says high-speed experimental vehicle not targeting any country
China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that weapons designers recently conducted the first test of an ultra-high speed missile vehicle considered cutting edge military technology.
In a two-sentence statement faxed to news agencies and state-run media in Beijing, the ministry confirmed the flight test of a new hypersonic glide vehicle.
U.S. defense officials said the test of what the Pentagon is calling the WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle took place Jan. 9 over China.
The ministry confirmed the test after it was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon Jan. 13.
“Our planned scientific research tests conducted in our territory are normal,” the ministry said in the statement. “These tests are not targeted at any country and at any specific goals.”
China military affairs analysts said the hypersonic vehicle test represents a major milestone in China’s military buildup of weapons it calls “assassin’s mace” arms—weaponry designed to allow a weaker power to defeat a stronger one.
U.S. missile defenses are designed to counter hypersonic targets, namely ballistic missile warheads. What is different about the hypersonic vehicle is that its trajectory does not enter space, and that makes it more difficult to detect, track, and intercept with a missile defense interceptor.
“While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck“ McKeon (R., Calif.), Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement Jan. 14.
Full article: Chinese Defense Ministry Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test (Washington Free Beacon)