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Trump claims China's hypersonic missile program stolen from U.S

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 09/12/2021 Gina Martinez For Dailymail.Com
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Donald Trump has claimed China's hypersonic missile whose launch stunned the White House was created with technology stolen from the US via Russia.   

Speaking on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Wednesday, the former president said: 'You know, somebody gave them, during the Obama Administration, everything we had on hypersonic.'

'And Russia did it, and what I did is a catch-up program. And we’ve largely caught-up. But what happened is Russia got it and the China got it perhaps from Russia.'

'I doubt they did it themselves,' he said. 'They got it perhaps from Russia, maybe from some bad spy in the United States.' 

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The president offered no further detail to his claims, and officials have yet to make any comment on claims it was stolen while Barack Obama was in office.

In September 2020, months before the July 2021 launch by China, the White House had admitted the US was trying to catch-up with China and Russia with hypersonic technology. 

In July China carried out a hypersonic weapon test with a missile fired at five times the speed of sound.

The hypersonic glide vehicle - a spacecraft with the ability to carry a nuclear warhead - fired a missile mid-flight over the South China Sea, catching Pentagon scientists unawares. 

Experts at Darpa - the Pentagon's advanced research agency were baffled at how China was able to defy the constraints of physics to fire a weapon from the vehicle travelling at hypersonic speed, the Financial Times reports. 

China has reportedly been working on hypersonic weapons instead of the usual intercontinental ballistic missiles, which travel in a predictable arc and can be tracked by radars, according to CBS. 

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Hypersonic weapons are much harder for radars to pick up because they travel much closer to the planet's surface.


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Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten has referred to them as 'first-use weapons' and believes China could one day use the technology to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US.

'They look like a first-use weapon,' Hyten told CBS News. 'That's what those weapons look like to me.'

China later launched a second test on August 13 and it involved a similar 'hypersonic glide vehicle' to one launched into space on board a Long March rocket back in July.

Beijing acknowledged one of the tests but claimed the country launched a 'peaceful' civilian spacecraft. Analysts believe the craft can actually be tipped with a nuclear warhead which would be able to evade existing missile defenses.

In November a National Security Council spokesman expressed concerns about the test. 

'This development is concerning to us as it should be to all who seek peace and stability in the region and beyond.

'This also builds on our concern about many military capabilities that the People's Republic of China continues to pursue.'

Scientists have determined that the orbital bombardment system gives China more ways to hit US targets.

The revelation of the hypersonic test has emerged as China build upon its nuclear forces, in a manner which suggests it could be turning its back on the 'minimum deterrence' posture it has previously adopted.

Both Russia and the US have explored hypersonic weapons in recent years, but experts say China's firing of countermeasures is proof that Beijing's technology is more advanced than either the Kremlin or the Pentagon. 

In response, the US has announced it will quadruple its nuclear warheads to as many as 1,000 weapons over the next ten years.

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