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China has denied data on the launch of a rocket from a hypersonic glider

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denied information about the launch of a rocket from a planning hypersonic aircraft (glider) that was spread in the media.

“As far as I know, these tests were ordinary aerospace tests to test the technology of reuse of the spacecraft,” he said during a briefing on November 22, reports TASS.

As the representative of the department clarified, what separated from the apparatus before returning, “are parts of the complex that burn up in the atmosphere when falling.”

A day earlier, the Financial Times reported that the PRC’s hypersonic weapons tests in the summer involved launching a rocket from a glider traveling at five times the speed of sound. It was noted that another object separated from the glider over the South China Sea. As experts suggest, this could be a means of electronic countermeasures designed to disable the enemy’s missile defense elements.

In October, General John Hayten, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, said that the PRC in the coming years is able to bypass the Russian Federation and America in military power, and the pace of development of hypersonic weapons in China is much higher than in Russia and the United States.

Vasily Kashin, Deputy Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, commented on this statement in an interview with Izvestia. According to him, in the future, China will inevitably become the main rival of the United States in all components. As the specialist noted, China is actively developing new weapons systems. For example, they have already launched the production of the fifth generation J-20 fighters – according to experts, up to 150 such aircraft have been produced.