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China tests hypersonic missile vehicle

Washington: China for the first time has tested a hypersonic missile vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound.The test makes China the second country after the United States to conduct experimental flights
India TV News Desk January 16, 2014 15:25 IST
India TV News Desk
Washington: China for the first time has tested a hypersonic missile vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound.

The test makes China the second country after the United States to conduct experimental flights with hypersonic vehicles, a technology that could allow armies to rapidly strike distant targets anywhere around the globe.

The online Washington Free Beacon newspaper first published the report of this missile vehicle test earlier this week.

The newspaper reported that the hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was detected flying at 10 times the speed of sound over China last week.

A Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Pool has also said “We're aware of the test of the hypersonic vehicle but we are not commenting on it”.

Later on Wednesday the Defence Ministry of China said that they have flight-tested a hypersonic missile delivery vehicle in a move that was scientific in nature and not targeted at any country.