U.S. intelligence

China Stuns U.S. Intelligence with Hypersonic Missile Test

The Financial Times reported on Saturday that U.S. intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when China secretly tested a nuclear-capable low-orbit hypersonic missile in August. The weapon circled the globe before descending upon its target, missing by about two dozen miles.

A US unarmed prototype hypersonic missile launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii