China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft


Agence France-Presse
January 16, 2014

Artist's rendition of DARPA's Hypersonic Technology Vehicle HTV-2, which would likely share similar characteristics.

Artist’s rendition of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle HTV-2, which would likely share similar characteristics.


China has for the first time tested a hypersonic missile vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound, according to the Pentagon.

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 world.

“We’re aware of the test of the hypersonic vehicle but we are not commenting on it,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Pool, a Pentagon spokesman.

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